It always befuggles me that whenever anything happens -- hurricane, plane crash, broken dish, budget woes, mine explosion -- one of the first things on the agenda is to figure out whose fault it was.
Why wasn't the mayor more prepared for wind and flood damage? Did the pilot ignore the tower or did the mechanics screw up the maintenance? Is the President an idiot with money or was the last President an idiot with money? Why didn't I realize the plate was slippery?
When things go wrong, I do agree that it makes sense to look carefully at it to see if there are lessons to be learned for the next time. But we humans tend to focus more on blame and less on solutions. Maybe because it is easier to have a target for the grief's anger component. Also, finding someone to blame makes for better headlines and more lucrative lawsuits.
It still doesn't seem right to me. Even when someone actually IS to blame. I keep thinking of the old saying about walking a mile in their shoes. Someone (I could sound smart if I remembered their name, but I don't) said that if you could experience everything that someone experienced throughout their life you could understand even the most heinous actions. It wouldn't make it right; but you could understand it. And I think Jesus (whose name I can remember) said a few things about forgiveness but I can't actually remember exactly what they were without looking them up.
It's probably all Adam's fault anyhow. Or Eve's. That subtle old fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a nasty little thing to inject into the gene pool. I don't think that original sin was sex...
BAGMAN: "Thank God!"
...I think original sin was the ability to judge, or more specifically, the inability not to judge.
The irony that having discriminating taste is good while discriminating against others is bad. Or did I just make some good/bad judgements there? Oops. My bad.