I rarely read articles with headlines like this.
I think it represents one of the major problems in our society. We make excuses for behaviors.
Anyone working in industry today has had to participate in a Root Cause Analysis. Fog does not cause accidents. A behavior caused the accident. People drive to fast for poor road conditions – it can be weather, volume of traffic, speed of traffic, condition of the road, etc. I’ve been guilty of this – fortunately no accidents.
How many times have we heard excuses like he had a bad home life, the drugs made him do it, etc.
Don’t accept these statements – relate them to personal behaviors.
I know people that overcame bad home life and drugs. One friend was passed from foster home to foster home. Aside from a brother, he never had a normal family growing up. But, he made choices that helped him learn a trade, get a job, find a wife and start (and keep) a family. He selected his path and didn’t want the same childhood for his children.
Another friend experimented with drugs in high school. He developed behaviors that enabled him to make poor choices – including choosing to go AWOL from the Navy. He ended his career with a dishonorable discharge. It took him several years to recognize the shortfalls of his choices. He eventually managed to overcome the blemish on his record and found a good job. And is now an advocate for continuous education and goal setting. He is someone you would want to watch your kids if you needed help.
I tell my coworkers that you always have choices. Choose to be careful. Choose to be happy. Choose to be responsible.
While you are at it . . .
CHOOSE MIKE HUCKABEE