Musings of An Eclectic Cowboy

June 23, 2008

It's Not My Fault

It's hard to watch TV or read a newspaper and not get a dose of the Blame Game. The prime example of this is Gas Prices. It is a fact that the increase in gas prices is getting into everybody's bottom line. That is everybody's but the ones who have the ability to fix the problem. When you watch the news you see the Democrats blaming the Republicans and the Republicans blaming the Democrats. You see the Speculators blaming the Oil Companies and the Oil Companies blaming the Speculators. You have the Conservatives blaming the Liberals and the Liberals blaming the Conservatives. And each and everyone of them will look you right straight in the eye and say "IT'S NOT MY FAULT, IT'S ALL THEIR FAULT". Isn't it amazing that with however Billion people that live on this planet that no one is to blame on the way gas prices have gone through the roof. Isn't it amazing that politicians are more worried about partisan politics and getting their candidate elected than they are worried about the people who elected them. Or the speculators who worry more about making sure that they hit the top of the market than they are about the grocery clerk who can't afford the food that she sells. Or the Oil company that is more worried about making sure that their investors are happy than they are about the farmer who has already gone way over budget because of fuel prices.

I think that it is time to get back to accepting responsibility for our actions. Now personally I don't think that it is the responsibility of any one person or group of people that fuel prices have gotten were they are. It is actually the responsibility of all of us. I never should of bought that pickup back in 2004 that gets 8 miles to the gallon. I should have been paying more attention to my elected officials, praying for each and everyone of them whether I liked them or not. When oil prices started going up I should have bought oil futures and stock in oil companies as a hedge against higher prices. More than anything else I should have cared more and shared Christ's love with more people. Now if each and everyone of us would look at our lives we could see that it is our fault also.

But on the other hand there could be some good to actually come of all of this. It might get to the point that instead of taking our child to play a baseball game we might actually just play catch with them in the back yard. Instead of going to the mall and shopping we might actually sit down and play a game with our families. Instead of going to the lake and going fishing we might just take a walk with our spouses. If we don't have the money to spend on fuel we might actually have more time to spend with the ones that really matter.

One final thought, if all of this comes to play and we end up spending more time with our families and then nine months later a bunch of babies are born then just remember, IT'S NOT MY FAULT.

Vaya con Dios

The Eclectic Cowboy

Winfield Davenport