The Cult of Blame


Okay, so now I’m going to talk a little about the shootings. As is evident by the nature of this blog and the posts that lie within, I am on a quest to understand how we create these events. I believe every event unfolds in the macrocosm of society that exists in the microcosm of the self. To cast aside waxing too esoteric, each of us is a poster child of the society and the events that occur within.

I want to unravel the shooter in each of us. I want to turn over the rock to expose our shadow sides, to force us to stare at the hidden underlayment where the creepies and crawlies scurry from the light, at the risk of nauseating and repulsing ourselves. As far as I’m concerned, as long as we keep the archetype of the mass shooter alive in ourselves, we will see them manifest as these unbalanced individuals in our culture.

So what is it about ourselves that these shooters represent? What seems to be the thread that runs consistently throughout their collective psyches? From my understanding these shooters are commonly acting on their feelings of inadequacy and ostracization. The victims of the shootings are representative to the assailants of the people they blame for rendering them powerless and robbing them of their self-worth.

So can we with any honesty say we are nothing like these assailants because we have never fired shots into a crowd of people? Are the majority of us in this society exempt from the act of blame? Au contraire, my friends. We are a culture of blamers. We create an entire scaffolding of self-worth based on the imposed restrictions of our ideals placed on us by others.

Our bad day is the result of someone who was rude to us, who did not provide us with adequate service, whose actions doubled the amount of time it took us to accomplish a task. We jump in the pool of litigation in hopes of being richly rewarded from the result of someone else’s negligence, with the courts assisting us in assigning the blame. We would be so much farther in life if it weren’t for those myriad of circumstances that continually got in our way.

In fact, the art of eschewing personal accountability becomes well illustrated in discussions around the issue of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment advocates blame the lack of armament and the imposition of gun free zones for restricting citizens’ ability to stop these assailants with armed force. Gun control advocates blame the NRA lobbyists for buying any incentive for lawmakers to want to create greater restrictions on gun availability.

In a culture where our personal happiness is believed to be impeded by the actions of others, blame is king. Blame is the perfect panacea for the dull ache of self-examination and personal accountability. When this rampant aspect of our society runs loose to breed in our collective psyche, the most extreme ends of this spectrum will surface and manifest in the most horrific of ways. Whether we are blaming the slow guy in line at the coffee shop for making us late for work or we are blaming television and the media for widespread violence, it is still blame. It is still basically saying we are expecting everyone else to change their perspectives so we don’t have to change our own.


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David Dear

David Dear suddenly became interested in the exploration of metaphysics shortly after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. Over the next 25 years he became proficient in reading Tarot and astrological natal charts, learned past life regression and Thought Field Therapy, and became attuned in Chios and is a Usui Reiki master. David has the innate ability to perceive aspects of reality on a multidimensional level and is naturally telepathic. He has a bachelor's degree in metaphysical theology and is an ordained metaphysical minister and licensed metaphysical practitioner. David currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife/best friend, two dogs and one cat.

3 thoughts on “The Cult of Blame”

    1. Interesting analogy that invites questions. Isn’t the warrior required to step into the dark to understand the opponent that is the dark?

      Or does the warrior need to protect the light if the light and the dark are polarized aspects of the same thing? Hot and cold is temperature polarized, up and down are directions polarized… do they only differ in perspective?

      The issue of mass shootings is truly a societal wound, but the polarization over how to deal with it is actually salting and infecting the wound. No healing will occur as long as we aggravate and exacerbate the injury.

      I always appreciate your intelligent and compelling feedback! Thank you!

      1. Yes. This is why martial arts is so much more than breaking boards with your face. The Chinese and Japanese styles in particular are intimately tied up with just this sort of philosophical questioning. We in the US would do well to look the shadow of the shooter in the face, as you have in this much-needed post.

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