SELECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY: HOW WE TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY TO SOME AND NOT OTHERS

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“I did that and assume responsibility.”


Ever watch television and you hear newscasters saying how much people in the public eye need to be held accountable. And what’s funny about them is if you state that they are held to the same standard, they dismiss what you are saying to them. Like people on CNN and FOX News, they are public figures in a celebrity way, yet they try to dismiss their celebrity under the guides of members of the press. But they truly are public figures just as much as any athlete or entertainer. And that’s when you realize that we all try to hold someone accountable, but then shift the blame when it’s time for ourselves or someone close to us. Because if it’s us or someone close to us, or even people we support in society, there is always this spin to how we rationalize. We say things like, “Well, they’re different.” “Or, you make certain amount of money.”

So why do we have a spin to our personal agendas? One reason is because by definition, an agenda is an ideological plan implemented to come to an agreement of meeting an objective. Which is a broad and ambiguous meaning for a word. But the real hidden aspect of an agenda are the “held common beliefs.” And that is something in society which makes the agenda become a problem. Because the group of people pushing any agenda today does so that it supports its own interest and not necessarily the interest of everyone. And here lies the reason why it’s hard to hold someone or groups of people accountable for their actions. It’s because once you pick a side, you usually stand firm on that side. And refusing to bend or break is the way we go about handling the situation. But at times you become so convinced of your belief in your agenda, you lose rationale and easily become taken down a rabbit hole.

And the rabbit hole is what happens when you say things like, “Athletes are held to certain level of accountability.” “But then turn around and say my national newscaster is giving the news so it’s different when they speak.” When in reality, your newscaster may be held to an even higher level of accountability and should, than the entertainer. It’s an easy out, and the ability to not have to have a conversation about a topic, or even the fact that you are trying to keep people from reading into who are as a person. And we don’t like to say, well I do that as well, and I am going to make the leap to change because I expect that from other people. No, we say it’s different, but it’s really not different. We just don’t want to change and we hide behind what we expect from you to mask who we really are behind closed doors.

In the end, we all have these accountability issues as it pertains to ourselves or other people. And a lot of it has to do with our belief systems. We want so dearly to believe that what we believe matters. So if what I believe matter, then what am I left with. Inevitably we hold people to a task we don’t hold ourselves to, or those close to us.


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