We all know that whenever something happens, someone or something is responsible. It may not necessarily be only one person or one thing. It could be an undesirable situation that arose due to various people and uncontrollable factors. Yet, there are many times where people want to push the blame to a specific group of people or an individual.
This is such a common act looked down upon by others when viewed objectively in entertainment mediums such as manhwa, manga and anime among many others. In the comments section of websites used to stream episodes or view webtoons, people are always insulting and hating on characters who refuse responsibility and continually blame others. “Only weak people do that”, “They are such cowards”. Reading these comments, I can’t help but wonder whether they themselves are guilty of such acts.
Viewing the lives of other characters in our various entertainment mediums, we grow attached to the main characters who are often kind, caring and friendly. However, as a result, whenever an opposing force arises, we tend to side with the main characters and usually hate on the others who stand in their way. Even if those characters resemble us in ways that we would much rather deny.
Objectively speaking, blaming others for the sake of avoiding responsibility and facing up to one’s mistakes is nothing more than a worthless waste of time and energy. Instead of doing such things, one should always try to look towards finding a solution and helping those who are responsible to grow, change and deal with the situation. Instead of merely saying it is someone else’s fault and standing at the sidelines just because you don’t want to do something about it yourself makes you partially responsible as well. After all, you chose to stand aside and do nothing.
That is the mentality of most teachers which I personally always hated. Why should I do something extra just because those who are supposed to be doing their job are not? If I just continue working hard on my own, doing what I’m supposed to, is that not enough to continue living and avoid getting in trouble? It’s not like everyone likes having a hand being extended to help them when they do not even feel that they need help. After all, they can see it as being looked down upon. Thus, unless they ask me for help, I have no reason to help them.
However, I’m sure you must be thinking of all those times when upper management above you messes up and gets you in trouble. Surely you must be thinking, “It’s all their fault! What in the world are they doing?”
In the end, we have no idea what they are doing. Unless of course, you are really in the know and knowledgable. For me, I’m just a clueless average follower so I have no clue what efforts they may have put in or did not put in. In the end, it’s something that cannot be controlled by my ability, or at least with the amount of effort I’m willing to put in. As a result, the only option I have is to brush it off like the main character of a certain anime, saying “Such misfortune…” and continuing through life.
By only doing what I need to do to the best of my ability, I can avoid being blamed for anything. If I fail and am blamed, well, I just got to do better and work on improving myself. Either that or if the punishment isn’t too bad, just suck it up and continue doing what I do because it’s not worth the effort to change. I mean, it’s not like I’m actually a super motivated workaholic. I just want to live peacefully without too much conflict.
Is that too much to ask for?