Finger pointing, the second oldest sin next to the original sin. For those who don’t know what finger pointing means, it is when you reflect blame off of you by insinuating blame or accusing others. So, after Adam and Eve were busted for eating the forbidden fruit, God asked Adam why he would do such a thing. Adam replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it.” Adam didn’t take any responsibility; instead he blamed both Eve and God. The first part of Adam’s statement blames God since it was God who put Eve there in the first place. If God didn’t create Eve, then she would not be there to tempt Adam. The second part of Adam’s statement is of course putting all the blame on Eve, as if to say “Well, she told me to do it.” Not to put words in God’s mouth, but I would have loved it if He said, “And if Eve told you to jump off a bridge would you do it?” Then it was Eve’s turn. God asked Eve why she would do such a thing. Eve replied, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.” Eve, like Adam, took no responsibility. She never owned up to the fact that the reason she took the forbidden fruit in the first place was because she wanted to be like God.
And so it goes since the beginning of human existence, due to human pride and greed we all fall when it comes to finger pointing. If not the actual person that is doing the finger pointing, each one of us has felt the effects of finger pointing at one time or another. You don’t have to be part of the blame exchange, just hearing the accusations can change the perception of the accused. Politicians or should I say the special interests groups that own the politicians, know this very well. Due to media: TV, newspapers, radio, and social media, we are bombarded with negative adds that trash the credibility, reputation and dehumanizes the opponent. It seems the dirtier the campaign, the more likely the win. Twisting word meanings and the choice of words can change the public’s perception, turning a horrific event or deed into something positive, a “right” or a “choice.” And, if the opponent’s party was credited for something amazing to help humankind, call your opponent anti – whatever until the people forget the amazing thing that they achieved.
I am so tired of the negative ads and campaign season has just started. Sure, the election is only a couple weeks away but it is just the beginning. After the election in November, campaigning for the 2016 presidential election will start. We, as the American people, are not completely without blame. If we were not consumed with our own desires and wants (notice I didn’t say needs), then maybe the negative ads would not have such an effect on the election outcome. If we were not so motivated by fear and greed, then perhaps the millions of dollars spent on negative ads could go to something worthwhile like: create jobs, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, help the elderly, help the single mothers, education, etc. Every election I threaten to vote for the candidate with the least amount of negative ads. Maybe I will do that this election and perhaps, maybe start a movement for others to do the same.