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DWW25921's avatar

So who do we blame for all that's going wrong?

Asked by DWW25921 (6398points) January 24th, 2014

I’ve been thinking about this for a while… Finally formed it into a question. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, ‘The Republic’ in 59 – 47 B.C.

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syz's avatar

What’s your list of “all that’s going wrong”?

Seek's avatar

It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing. ~Charles Frederic Aked

zenvelo's avatar

It seems like everyone blames someone else. Collectively, as a democratic republic, the populace gets to accept responsibility. But I’ll second @syz‘s question: what’s wrong?

josie's avatar

If something is going wrong, either you are screwing up, or somebody is screwing you over.

KNOWITALL's avatar

We should blame ourselves for being complacent.

gailcalled's avatar

MIlo here; I blame Gail.

Berserker's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Haha, I remember that from Castlevania Symphony of the Night. :D

Juels's avatar

M. A. C. Whenever I’m looking for someone to blame, this always comes to mind.

Just kidding, we love you Canada.

filmfann's avatar

I blame the CIA.


Ever since they engineered the Kennedy Assassination, I feel we have been in BizarroWorld.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Write on a piece of paper: “Bush, Obama, Christians, Atheists, Islamists, Conservatives, Chinese, Gay, Liberal, Hetero, WalMart.”

Now throw a dart.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@LuckyGuy ding ding ding, you win!

Berserker's avatar

all my darts keep going on walmart

ucme's avatar

“Blame is for God & small children” Louis Dega Papillon

DWW25921's avatar

@LuckyGuy Yeah, that’s my favorite!

DWW25921's avatar

Bottom line guys, blame who you want… An election is an election and the voters did it. We did it. Now, who wants to stop the blame game and fix it?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Whoa!!! I forgot a few!
Please add: Whites, Blacks, Men, Women, and Aliens.

But we all know the real answer isn’t random. It is the group that doesn’t include us.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@DWW25921 I’m doing my part. I work. I pay taxes. I help people. I had only two kids when I wanted and could afford them, and supported them through college.
Along with the importance of reading I taught them to accept responsibility.

ragingloli's avatar

There is a simple and elegant solution to that problem:
Just make it a law that any elected official gets killed at the end of his first and only term.
That way, people with power ambitions will not try to get elected.

Juels's avatar

Nah, no one would ever run for office then. How about we vote at the end of their term on whether they should be killed? This would give them a good incentive to work hard.

talljasperman's avatar

Gremlins…are to blame.

Seek's avatar

The thing is, the electorate is often faced with the unenviable task of choosing the lesser evil. And it can often be difficult to distinguish who the “lesser” is. In fact, it’s more like choosing between two glasses, one of which is spiked with arsenic, and the other with sulfuric acid.

DWW25921's avatar

@ragingloli That’s awesome! Talk about earning a legacy!

@Seek_Kolinahr Yes. I’m happy “wasting” my vote on a 3rd party candidate even if I forget his name a few months later. My conscience is clear.

@syz For heavens sake bud if you have to ask that question than I honestly don’t know what to say other than stop filling your mind with CNN’s happy liberal bubble garbage and branch out a little.

ninjacolin's avatar

Always blame yourself in healthy measure and strive to do better for everyone’s sakes.

flutherother's avatar

Them Muzlims and terorists.

CWOTUS's avatar

For whatever good you think it will do, you can blame anyone you like. Blame me, if it makes you feel any better. But what does that accomplish? It’s the wrong question. This is always the wrong question (if you really want to improve things). Just because it’s the question that politicians like to pose and pretend to answer [“it’s the other guy and his friends who are to blame – I’ll fix everything”] doesn’t make it a valid or worthwhile question to ask or to answer.

If you would like a question that would lead to improvement, then ask instead, “How can we make things better than they are?”

There’s a question worth asking – and answering.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

I blame @ragingloli, for eating human children indescriminantly, rather than choosing only the delicious troublemakers..

janbb's avatar

Blame Canada!

DWW25921's avatar

Maybe we can blame the baton-wielding riot police that tried to keep 85 year old war vets from their memorial during the government shutdown…

kevbo's avatar

I’ve studied versions of this question rather intently and for a time academically for 20 years or so. Surprisingly, I found the answer in what you may as well call a spiritual practice. In a sense, it is the wrong question (although most questions are the wrong question).

The answer is that nothing is wrong and that the source of all the apparent wrongness is only in the seeing, specifically in the way one’s attention is disbursed. It’s a bit of a journey to get there, but just consider how rapt we can become over a tragedy of some kind, even one that is fiction. In a way, we are conditioned to focus on these things, but that conditioning is changeable. Even so, it’s not necessarily good or bad to change or not change. It is just what is. “Things gone wrong” are created contemporaneously with existence. They aren’t meant to be fixed, but rather to be used as sort of a resistance training for one’s eventual transcendence.

DWW25921's avatar

@kevbo Well, that was deep.

rojo's avatar

You can blame God, or @ragingloli. But I repeat myself.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I blame our absolutely abysmal system of education, here in the U.S.

CWOTUS's avatar

Keep following that line of thought, @Simone_De_Beauvoir. If you’re in a blaming mood, who do you blame for that?

talljasperman's avatar

The person who has the most blame is the leader… the more blame then he/she becomes more powerful. With great responsibility, comes great power.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@CWOTUS Lots of different institutions, from the government to the board of Ed.

DWW25921's avatar

I think we all need to look within on this one as the question is a bit rhetorical… When we elect crap, do we have the right to complain about the stink?

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