Too many playing the blame game

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The phrase making the rounds these days is ‘social justice.’ What is this? The dictionary defines social justice as ‘justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.’ It adds that within the framework of that social construct: ‘individuality gives way to the struggle for social justice.’

The concept of social justice arose primarily as a moral reaction to the poverty caused by societal injustice in the Latin American context and achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s.

It seems ironic that the term seemed to have been coined by a Peruvian priest, Gustavo Gutiérrez, who wrote one of the movement’s most famous books, A Theology of Liberation. I say ironic because the most vocal champions of social justice today are, for the most part, those who appear to have extraordinarily little to do with religion and even less to do with Catholicism.

Social justice as a concept implies that we all have a ‘right’ to equal upward mobility, equal resources and even finances, and a right to equal social privilege.

Every segment of society that cries out for social justice has been one that sees itself as ‘victim’. Thus, women see themselves as victims, the poor see themselves as victims, ethnic groups-not necessarily minority groups- and sexually deviant groups see themselves as victims of social injustice.

Today there is an ever-increasing mass of belligerent ‘victims’.

When God asked Eve why she disobeyed Him, she said, ‘the serpent made me do it.’ When God asked Adam why he was disobedient, he said, ‘the woman You gave me’ made him do it.

So here we have-whether you believe it or not-an entire world filled with just two people, and neither of them would willingly accept responsibility for their behaviour. They both shifted blame for their failures!

More deeply, however, they both are blaming God Himself! For who made the serpent? Was it not God? Adam could just as well have been saying: ‘I was fine until You gave me a woman.’

Ultimately, they both blamed God for their poor choice in their disobedience. Neither was willing to accept individual responsibility for their actions. They both shifted ‘blame’ to somewhere else! They suffered for that just as we are suffering from it and we are still blaming others for the ‘social injustice’ we continue to suffer because of our individual stupidity!

The Grievance Generation will have a problem with everything.

I am not a ‘victim’ of anyone else’s ‘sin’. I am my own man. I am responsible for myself and my life through the choices I make. Those choices informed, by sound morality, will see me to success. I and I alone must account for my actions and my life. What is with all this blaming of everyone else, every other generation for the fact that I think I am disadvantaged? Get over it! Seriously!

Steve Smith