Building A Wall Of Blame

The grandkids were over for dinner last night, and something happened while they were riding the stuffed bear down the stairs.

No one was really hurt, but I couldn’t help but notice how early we learn the blame game.
Each of us can quickly construct a blame wall that keeps us from being able to communicate honestly with another.
It can happen at the drop of a hat, and we strengthen the wall of blame with our own interpretation of right and wrong.
Nobody is closer than sisters who grew up together, but no matter how close they are, even two sisters will blame the other for all kinds of wrongs.
We do it all the time with friends and enemies, certainly with our politics, in our jobs, and even with our spouses.
Look at Adam and Eve who tried to pawn their disobedience off on a talking snake. It’s a common and well-used device to try to feel better about oneself.
Yet, when we hurt wouldn’t it be better to acknowledge the soft and tender in ourselves, and own the pain that makes us human.
Taking responsibility carries us down the the right path. Blame on the other hand blocks our way.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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