Monday, April 29, 2013

"He Did It."

I came across this little cartoon from a friend's Tumblr page and had a very good laugh. While laughing though, it also came to me how sad a statement this funny little cartoon is making.  It is also an example of the perceptiveness of the artist who has captured life in 2013. No one wants to be accountable for anything. Everyone wants to do whatever he or she wants, but no one wants to be accountable for the dirty deeds.  For those of us who work with children, we see this often, however, the really sad part is, we have adults who use this same tactic. "That's my story and I am sticking with it." Deny, Deny, Deny. We used to say, "You lying and you know you lying,"  and that is clearly the case with the blue crayon. He/she is lying and he/she knows he/she is lying.  

Now it does not take a critical thinker to see that there is no way the red crayon could have done it because all of the graffiti is blue. The only way the red crayon could have done it is if he/she had lifted the blue crayon up and scribbled him/her against his/her wishes, which would still be a stretch. Clearly the blue crayon, like many of us has not learned to connect his/her actions with his/her consequences and chooses to blame everyone else for his/her actions. Look at the expressions on each face. The blue crayon is boldly asserting that the red crayon did it, with the red crayon looking as if to say, "What are you talking about?"  What could get even crazier if we use our imaginations is the red crayon willing to be the fall guy or fall girl knowing full well that he/she did not do anything.

This seemingly cute cartoon says a lot about how far we are willing to go to shift responsibility to someone else and off of ourselves. It says a lot about how we react when we are caught. Have you ever considered how a murderer in most cases fight tooth and nail to save his/her own life even when he/she has taken the life of another?  How about the parent(s) who refuses to believe that their "baby" is ever wrong? Oh and of course who can forget, "She took my man" or "He took my woman," as if the other party had no say so whatsoever. They were just taken like a Barbie or a G.I. Joe doll and lastly the O.J. Simpson case.................  In the words of Bill Cosby, "Come On People,"  we must be more accountable for our actions even when we are wrong. Man or Woman up and admit when you are wrong, make the necessary corrections and move forward. But no, like the little blue crayon we will boldly assert with all the evidence pointing to us, that someone who could not have possibly done it, did it.  I welcome your response in the commentary section and I invite you to follow me on Twitter @thinkcritical01.

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