Watching the senate hearings on the oil spill with Mr. McKay, Mr. Probert, and Mr. Newman squirming in their seats to avoid blame by pointing elsewhere is painfully familiar, yet also instructive to the enlightened eye.
The truth is there is no one to blame.
There is not one person or organization that can rightfully shoulder the culpability for this event. As in all experiences that “go wrong” with suffering, heart ache, trauma and enormous expense, there is an endless wagon train of ignorance, arrogance, greed and ambition in many individual acts along the way.
Reluctance to face this truth results in endless asking of the six futile questions: What’s wrong? Who’s to blame? Why? How do you (we) feel? What should we do? Who is going to do it?
These questions perpetuate the arrogance and ignorance of thinking that once we find the culprit and make them pay – the problem will be solved.
The quality of being that could help the situation is humility. Humility recognizes our complete dependence on the Infinite Intelligent Loving Context of Being. The truth is that none of us exist as a separate entity. We all exist as aspects of an infinite community of souls. When this is ignored, arrogance and ambition arise. We think we can do and achieve outside of consequences to the whole of which we are a part.
With humility** comes an openness and receptivity to inspiration. There is no doubt that many individuals involved with the situation are open to and testing inspired ideas and that much good will come from this disaster. But, the public emphasis is on the futility drama.
What is helpful and possible for all who are witnessing this disaster is to see beyond the headlines to the under-lying , never-ending story of the urge to “cover-up” our embarrassment by looking to blame something or someone else. Embarrassment in this case might recognize ambition leading to a climate of urgency and sloppiness.
Instead of seeking whom to blame, we can, with humility, seek inspired and creative solutions.