There seems to be a lot of ignorance going on lately in our government. Seriously, can that many people not know what’s been happening in their department? Is it always someone else’s fault? It reminds me of Sergeant Schultz in the TV show Hogan’s Heroes, “I know NO…thing. I see NO….thing!”
If anyone of those “I don’t know” officials were in the private sector they would have been reprimanded or fired because they SHOULD know. Citing ignorance can only last so long – at some point the person just comes across as inept. But that’s not the point of this writing. The larger picture is what ignorance and blaming really is telling us.
There is always an underlying core to a symptom (blame/ignorance). In this case the individual doesn’t want to take responsibility. By pleading ignorance or blaming others it shifts the focus to other people or events out or his/her control. The person “gets to” feel good about themselves because now the attention and responsibility is on someone else’s shoulders. Whew!
Blaming others is an excuse to stay small and not own your own power. By blaming others the person is essentially giving their power to someone else. It’s saying someone else or event is in control of my life. If more people realized that’s what they were doing they wouldn’t do it anymore. They’d take on the responsibility and the outcome that comes with it. As the saying goes, “With great risk comes great reward” the same can be said about responsibility. If the outcome was positive would the person take the credit for it? If so, then the opposite must also hold true or the person loses all credibility.
A person with integrity owns all of his/her own choices. A person with integrity takes a stand and does what’s best for the greater good. A person with integrity takes responsibility for everything under his/her control.
This is a lesson for us all in what not to do. Instead, use your free will to own your power and take responsibility for your choices.