A while back, I was designing a website for my misguided step-son. We did the usual, inserting rock poses of the band members, making up a song list, the whole works. We were doing the history of the band, when he made a comment in it that just stuck with me, “While we were Rotted Soil, things happened, and the system forced us to change our name”.
How often do you hear of something being blamed on “the system”? This kid has no clue about law, responsbility, or any kind of obligation. He doesn’t even have a clue what “the system” is. But, at the age of 16, he’s already blaming things on it. Where do we learn to do that? Gotta put blame anywhere but on ourselves, even if we have to make up what it is we are blaming it on. People “work the system“, are “victims of the system“, are “oppressed by the system“. Hell, some people even “survive the system“.
The system’s” obviously a pretty horrible thing.
However, there really is no such thing as “the system”. It’s an imaginary cop-out for people who don’t want to spend the time to figure exactly what it is they’re fighting. Children in foster homes are not “victims of the system”, they’re victims of failed parents, families, or guardians. Put the blame where the blame is due. Battered women are not victims of “the system”, they are victims of individuals who only know violence as a means of negotiation. Blame it directly on their attackers. No one is oppressed by “the system” in the US, they have not bothered to find out exactly what their rights and resources are. The misguided step-son is blaming it on “the system” to pander to the other kids. Rockers love to blame everything on the system, it’s convenient when you’re protesting about something and you can’t figure out what it is you’re protesting.
Playing kids games is usually harmless. However, since so many adults do it, you have to wonder where it came from. I think it came from their childhood, “I didnt’ do it”, “someone else did it”, etc.. If no one ever told them it was wrong, how would they know now? I guess I’m the one to tell them it’s wrong. Blame something on exactly what it is that has bothered you and you MIGHT solve your problem. Blaming things on imaginary summations will never get your problem solved.