Society Needs It’s Scapegoats

21 03 2009

Lately it seems like everyone is looking for a scapegoat. Who is to blame for the economic breakdown? Who is to blame for steriod use and acceptance in professional sports? Who is to blame for bailout funds going to AIG executive bonuses? Who is responsible for Katrina? Who do we blame for the endless war in the middle east? Who do we blame for the things in our own lives? Maybe we blame ourselves. Well I say it is high time we stop blaming ourselves (and maybe even everyone around us) and move on. Forgive ourselves and move on from the past.

I am not implying that we do not hold accountable criminals in a court of law. However, as a society we find ourselves too often finding a scapegoat instead. According to dictionary.reference.com, scapegoat comes from a biblical reference of the goat that was let out into the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26. In this instance, we can see that society often needs a scapegoat before moving on from the past and into the present.

The present is the only thing you have complete control over in your life. When I say the  present, I mean this very second. And just like that, the very second that was the present is now the past. All you can control is the thought that was in your head at that very second. So why not make it a good thought? Why not make it a happy thought? Why belittle and berate ourselves and others with blame. Forgive and Forget. Only with true forgiveness can there be love. In my humble opinion, LOVE is possibly the most important word in the dictionary and in the Bible, not scapegoat. Do yourself a favor and release that goat into the wilderness, before it consumes the present and you are doomed to live in the past.

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