When You Lack Credibility Attacking Others Deflects Truth!

I didn’t do it!

The blame game! Today it runs rampant in society. Investigation may uncover that we have seen this increase with the growth of social media. Blame and accusation can so easily be leveled with a few keystrokes. The minds of a gullible public are far to quick to assume that any claim has got to be true. No matter how much evidence is given to the contrary, even a frank admission to a lie, is not convincing.

Think of the number of times this has played out. To the extreme where people in prison have been released after years of being behind bars because they were innocent. Once the cry of foul has been voiced, it seems the mind captures that thought and it can’t be dislodged. Think of how many times you have been fooled in thinking wrongly about someone or some thing.

None of us are immune to such things. No matter how skeptical or distrusting of things we don’t have first hand knowledge about. What’s worse, it’s the things that don’t seem to be so drastic or threatening. When these are proven to be otherwise, it really causes a lot of internal conflict.

The reverse is taking place on a daily basis today. Trivial events have been blown completely out of proportion. Certain factions seem intent of diverting attention from their suspect activities by making outrageous claims against others. It brings back memories of a certain reporter that hosted a special in 1986. It was reputed to be the discovery of Al Capone’s Vault.

Great hype centered around the speculation of great riches or bodies to be revealed. The result? Dirt and little else. The same is nearly guaranteed to result in current attempts to make the mountain out of a molehill! In the case of a reporter fired from his job it was. Failure as a reporter drove this attempt at creating the illusion of something that wasn’t. It was a prime example of diverting attention from what appeared as a lack of credibility. In this instance the reporter admitted failure. Just not that he may have known from the outset it was a farce.

Isn’t this typical of an attempt to divert attention? If there were something to be proud of, wouldn’t more be accomplished by extolling such accomplishments? If my house is bigger and cleaner than yours and I can prove it, where’s the argument? What would be the advantage to shift attention? None!

There is no area of society where this does not happen. From squabbles of a seemingly minor nature in a community setting. Those that take part in professional and amateur sports. Fallout with business mergers and acquisitions. Failed rollouts of new products or policies. The blame game is always in full swing. Excuses are in abundance as are well created defenses.

What terrible thing would happen if someone actually accepted responsibility for a failure? The world would not end. It’s more than likely no one would die. Failure has always be seen as a learning experience. Claims are that it is an absolute necessity towards success. Why then the coverups, excuses, or sidestepping responsibility? Where has this unreasonable, over-exaggerated fear come from about failure?

An unhealthy idea has been promoted for so many decades in history that failure is bad, unhealthy, repulsive, abhorrent, unacceptable, that few understand anything else. Again, the product of fear. The lie eventually finds it’s way to the door of truth. There’s a pretty good saying that when fear knocks at the door, when it’s opened to face it, no one is there. Such dark shadows present themselves with fear. When the light of truth enters shadows disappear. Truth can only be deflected so long. The point arrives when it will come crashing down to be revealed.

We are witnesses to such events today. The truth will come crashing down to reveal credibility. The ugliness of deceit will also rise to the surface, to be smashed into oblivion.

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.