Ever touched the paint despite the sign saying it’s wet?
Why did you do that and not stop yourself from being so impulsive? Who was in control? The You who is the rational being or the “other” You who sometimes does the damnedest things? And who is the rational You anyway?
We’re all the sum total of our genetics and the experiences of our life and sometimes, for some of us, that means we do things which are not good. In fact, sometimes it can be very, very bad! And then we have to deal with the consequences of our actions as we take the blame for what happened.
Is anyone to blame?
But are we really to blame? For that matter, is anyone really to blame for anything that happens in their life? Sure, we can decide to do something which may eventually end up in tragedy but what caused us to make that decision?
Some people say we have the ability to choose the correct action and must suffer the consequences while others say there is no such thing as free will. If it’s not the sum total of our experiences and genetics, then what?
Dealing with Blame.
RadioLab explores the world of cause and effect and how much blame should or shouldn’t be attributed to people for their actions. They may not have all the answers but this podcast episode will cause you to wonder, just how much people are to be blamed for their actions… Even yourself for that matter.
A better way.
Ultimately removing blame will lead to a better more compassionate society.
There are times when people makes mistakes, harm is done and restitution is required to repair the damage. If they don’t re-offend then the story should be over. However if they continue to harm others, society needs to be protected by using the systems available, all the time realising that we don’t need to blame them. It’s just the way they are.