“It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.” - Sophocles
I cannot remember, for the life of me when it was everyone else's responsibility to make sure that you didn't do anything stupid. I must be mistaken to think that, if something goes wrong - due to your lack of sense about personal welfare, and the welfare of those around you, then you need to take responsibility for the choices you've made.
This week, a resident of my home town was involved in a very serious and sad accident. While attempting to car surf, this 20/21 year old fell and landed on his skull and is now in an induced coma in hospital. The driver, has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm) and negligent driving.It's sad.
The poor guy is pretty young and it seems the situation has ended very badly. If I was his mother, his girlfriend or his sister, I would be very upset about it all.But it seems like anyone and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon that it wasn't his fault, and that the media - while beating up the whole 'planking' meme has in some way, encouraged this.
I had to re-read the Facebook posts again and again to realise that these people, think that it's someone else's fault that this has happened. No, it's his fault. He jumped on the roof of a moving car. End of story.
I managed to make it all the way to age 24 without going out 'planking' (even though I'm on Facebook and watch the news) and so did my husband, who quite frankly can be extremely immature around the boys.
When will people learn you take responsibility for your actions?