This week, a Parliamentary committee had the rather theatrical and mainly unhelpful meeting with the Murdochs… which already has former members of their staff claiming that they’re lying their tits off:
James Murdoch misled MPs, say former NoW editor and lawyer
Or, if not lying, shoving their fingers in their ears and going ‘la la la’ as loudly as possible. It seems rather endemic amongst the Murdoch holdings, and frankly, endemic period. So this begs the question – why do people do this?
I have my suspicions, of course. I think that society as a whole has geared a whole generation towards thinking this is right with some severe cotton woolling (swaddling, putting their kids in a bubble, etc). Rather than accepting that things happen, good and bad, a lot of people have come up trying to hide in a hole and pretend it doesn’t… to less than positive results. We have an increasingly regressive system of freedoms in many Western nations because people are trying to pretend so hard things don’t happen; after all, if we pretend X isn’t there, then maybe it’ll go away?
There’s also a fear of taking on personal responsibility, which kind of scares me a lot. Mind, I get part of why – there’s a lot of lawsuit-happy crazies looking for people to blame and get a buck off of. It’s sad that there’s this sort of attitude of not taking the blame, and of putting it on other people. I tend to be terribly vexed by it, because I do try my best to take personal responsibility… which means I have people thinking they can blame me for anything that comes along in their life that they don’t like. It’s kind of majorly lame, but it does tell me who I can snip out, hee hee. But it’s one thing to play dumb if it’s consumption of the last ice cream sandwich, and completely another when it’s wrong-doing in a global media conglomerate.
Maybe it’s me expecting too much of society, but how does one address this sort of thing and bring back a modicum of common sense and *coughs* acting like a damned adult? As much as I’d love to isolate from the vast majority of society, I accept that’s no fit way to live and grow and become a rounder person, so I do my best to dip my toe in and, at least, observe. And I know, I know – some people don’t want to ever challenge their beliefs because they’re comfy in their little shelter, but… *shakes head* Maybe I am expecting too much, though I’m not sure how I’ll ever get past wanting to see people better themselves, and by that, better the world. It’s definitely a strong case of ‘This works for me so you should do it too’, and I do try to avoid doing that too much out of respect for other peoples’ choices.
But eh… such is life. I don’t think we’re capable of accepting and understanding everyone and everything no matter how much we want to, but I guess I’ll always enjoy the journey of trying. And in the meantime, here’s hoping that this so-called ignorance the Murdochs are choosing to espouse doesn’t go on to hurt too many people.
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