“‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, but the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ ‘As I live,’ declares the Lord, ‘you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore’” (Ezekiel 18:2-3).
Heredity, nurturing, social conditioning, and circumstance have their place and, to be certain, have had their day in casting blame on the human condition. None of these, however, negate personal responsibility. At some point, we are forced to look ourselves in the mirror and say, “It’s not everyone else and everything else; it’s me. I’m where I am because of my choices and decisions.” The blame game is but another delusional form of self-righteousness.