It’s always someone else’s fault, Ctd

Deborah Coddington continues exploring people’s propensity to blame their misfortune on others:

But we love to blame someone else for everything. Despite the road toll coming down we’re still among the worst drivers in the world and, unsurprisingly, the age group that refuses to improve is the 40 to 59 year bracket.

But it’s never the driver’s fault. Media reports said a car crossed the centre line near Wairoa killing four people in late January. Really? The car must have read Stephen King’s novel Christine.

And in Paraparaumu late last year critics blamed the Transport Agency for a man and woman’s death in a fatal accident because a planned median barrier had been delayed. But police said their car veered across the centre line. Inattentive driving caused their death, not the state of the highway.

Now we’re blaming the loss of school swimming pools for the rapid rise in drownings. But isn’t it our own stupidity and carelessness?

Talk to the lifeguards and they’ll tell you that idiots are swimming drunk, perhaps with all their clothes on, outside the flags. Or fishing off rocks but not wearing lifejackets.

People go fishing in overloaded tin cans, in ominous weather, with no lifejackets – or stow them under the hatch.

Parents once ignored everything else when bathing babies, or watching kids swimming in pools or at the beach, but these days it seems that phone calls, text messages or chatting with friends are more important. “I was only distracted for a minute” is enough for a little one to drown. In the past decade 89 preschoolers have drowned as a result of adult complacency.

Often these adults blame anyone but themselves. Yes, it’s tragic – dreadful – to lose a child, but if two toddlers wander off near the Gisborne river and their mothers don’t notice for 15 minutes it’s hardly the fault of the Gisborne District Council (as the family claimed) when 2-year-old Sukhraj Singh is drowned and his cousin is barely alive. Toddlers must be kept within grabbing distance.

Blame, blame, blame…everyone but themselves. Perhaps this is all simply a case of stupid is, as stupid does.


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