It Wasn’t Their Fault

This afternoon my husband and I were very nearly in what would have been a serious head-on collision.

We were on the frontage road, heading to Costco, traveling under the speed limit of 45, when a driver approaching from the opposite direction turned left in front of us. I was behind the wheel.  I slammed on the brakes full-force, so much so that our rear-end fishtailed, our tires screaming.  The pavement was dry, without ice or snow.  The other driver raised his hands, pressing his two middle fingers against the glass and screamed, “It’s your fault!”

He turned left in front of me, but it was my fault. My fault. He was not responsible for his own actions.

I saw the same thing during the press conference following the West Virginia vs. Kansas college basketball game. West Virginia lost a 12-point lead in the last minutes of the game, following the ejection of their coach Bob Huggins.

“Asked what he told his team after the game, West Virginia’s sixth loss in as many visits to Allen Fieldhouse, Huggins said, “It wasn’t their fault.”  This college coach told these young men that they were not responsible. Instead he blamed the referees.

These are just two examples of what I’m seeing more and more. We are raising a global generation to believe that they are never responsible for their own actions. Couple this with a nearly universal sense of entitlement, and I believe we’re on the cusp of collapse.

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