We are increasingly afraid or unwilling to take responsibility for our actions.
In my previous job, we had a lot of quality standards we had to meet.
At first it was hard to understand what I was doing wrong and how to consistently meet these standards.
But, after a few months of learning and improving, everything clicked into place, and for want of a better description, I was smashing it.
However, some of the people I started with were still lagging behind.
Instead of admitting they needed help and take responsibility for their errors, they would always find a convenient scapegoat and blame others for their failures.
“The Quality checking department have got it in for me!”
“Nobody’s got my back!”
“You told me to do that, so why didn’t it pass?”
These were all comments I heard on a regular basis.
As you can see there is a common thread running among all of them.
None of these comments show the person accepting responsibility for their failures. It was always the fault of someone else.
I see this over and over again in a variety of places.
We seem to be unable to accept criticism of any kind and are unable to realise that we alone our responsible for our actions.
I’m not sure why this is happening.
Maybe, the political climate has a hand in this. We see politicians palming the responsibility of issues on to other countries and other people and feel we can do the same for our own problems.
We see a man become President, despite boasting he could “grab women by the pussy” and face no punishment for his actions.
Whatever it is, we need to realise our actions are our responsibility.
If we don’t, we could end up living in a miserable world.