The Blame Factor

Written by John Mitchell

"The Blame Factor' - Sabotage, but who's to blame?

If you readrepparttar regular articles in newspapers and magazines you will be inundated with information about how much money is lost every year to business. There is a list, stress, alcohol, drugs, mismanagement, union issues and many more. Ifrepparttar 113510 figures are to be believed billions are lost every year because of these issues. It is a wonder we make any money in business at all.

So what is atrepparttar 113511 core of these issues? It is extremely simple it is something which has been with mankind since we first walked upon this earth. Atrepparttar 113512 centre of all these issues isrepparttar 113513 ‘Blame Factor'.

Throughout history whether we were going to war, enslaving peoples or burning witches atrepparttar 113514 stake, it has been all to fulfil our base instinct to blame someone or something. Blaming others stops us having to look at our own shortcomings in life.

Are we evolving into a more civilised society as we move intorepparttar 113515 twenty first century, we are not. The powerful use ofrepparttar 113516 media and advanced communication mean we are able to pointrepparttar 113517 finger more readily and more often. Whether it be governments, businesses, health services, judiciary, our neighbours and a thousand more organisations and individuals, we can blame someone else. It is even becomingrepparttar 113518 basis of our television shows.

Does it matter?

Yes it does matter. When we blame, we sabotage our lives and that or our neighbours. We damagerepparttar 113519 infrastructure of our society and believe ourselves to be disempowered.

When we take responsibility for our lives andrepparttar 113520 issues and problems we face, then we can do something about changing things and travel towards personal and organisational empowerment.

It suitsrepparttar 113521 people who wish to wield power overrepparttar 113522 individual to keep you in a weak position. As a ‘finger pointer'; you can be controlled and manipulated. Whether members of your government, business managers or in individuals in your own home they can control you by giving you someone to blame forrepparttar 113523 ills in your life (refugees, children, accounts dept, sales etc.).

Your local town trustees: keep watch on them

Written by Greg Cryns

You elect your local trustees, be they for your village, your schools or your library. For most people,repparttar closest contact they ever have with their elected officials is atrepparttar 113509 ballot box. Maybe you saw an ad on a neighbor's lawn andrepparttar 113510 picture looked good, so you voted for that candidate. Or maybe you actually do knowrepparttar 113511 candidate personally and you like him/her. So you checkrepparttar 113512 box to vote him/her into office.

I happen to be an elected member ofrepparttar 113513 Nippersink Library District board of trustees. The reason I am there is that I've always loved my local library; I've always found it to be a warm place (or cool inrepparttar 113514 summer) where I can pick uprepparttar 113515 local newspaper and read it - relatively undisturbed. Or I can peruserepparttar 113516 latest novels. I can also borrow DVD's and audio books to keep me company when I'm in my car. And I felt that I needed to become involved in my community. I'm always amazed atrepparttar 113517 number of different things you can do atrepparttar 113518 library. So I ran forrepparttar 113519 office and won (unopposed, I should add).

I have also attended village and school board meetings. But that was always when I had a burning opinion to relay torepparttar 113520 boards. For instance, in 1999repparttar 113521 village of Richmond was scheduled to vote on whether a parcel of land next to my property should be annexed and rezoned. I was against it. So were a whole bunch of other citizens in Richmond who attended that meeting. The village board passedrepparttar 113522 annexation over our objections, or, it seemed to me, to spite our objections.`

I had similar experiences with our school boards. No matter how many people showed up for a particular meeting, we always felt thatrepparttar 113523 school board trustees turned a deaf ear on our appeals. Or asrepparttar 113524 grade school superintendent said, "We agree to disagree!" Well, hot damn!

Earlier this month (July 2002)repparttar 113525 Richmond Zoning Board agreed to recommendrepparttar 113526 annexation and rezoning of a hotly contested piece of property torepparttar 113527 village board. Two citizens, Rommy Lopat and John Drummond, took it upon themselves to hire a few high-priced attorneys and city planners. They attempted to giverepparttar 113528 village board a different perspective aboutrepparttar 113529 annexation than whatrepparttar 113530 board was hearing fromrepparttar 113531 developerrepparttar 113532 Village President andrepparttar 113533 Zoning Board President.

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