Since political season is in full swing it has been interesting to watch what the
also-rans do after a political defeat. Rarely (if ever) do they take the loss as an opportunity
to get better: "I lost and it's obvious that I need to become more in tune with the voters."
Or, "My spouse told me to work on my inter-personal skills but I obviously have more work to do." "I lost my way with the voters and followed my own personal agenda. My mistake. I will listen better in the future."
No, rather we here, "The people are out of touch."
Or "The voters have been misled (euphemism for the voters are ignorant followers)."
"My opponent used malicious ads (code for I like to tattletale)."
Blame makes us lame to change. We don't feel the need to change if we can point a finger at someone/something else.
Most of us aren't engaged in elections but we often suffer defeat. When we suffer a set-back, do we look to improve ourselves or do we blame a circumstance or another person?
A sign of maturity is the responsble decision to take set-backs personally, to change self instead of blaming the universe.
(Photo courtesy taoty)