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Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise.


  • Children whose families break up, their father and mother divorce, often feel personally to blame for the break-up of their parents, so traumatic is it for them. They think they did not love their parents enough, or they were not ‘good’, or they did ‘wrong things’. It is absolutely nothing to do with the child at all, of course. It is the sensitivity of a child not to blame their father or mother but to blame themselves for the fact that the father and mother no longer live together. That is related to self-forgiveness.
    People will not forgive themselves because they attach themselves to the result of their actions. You cannot alter the past. The past is the past. What you can alter is your attachment to the past.
  • ὢ πόποι, οἷον δή νυ θεοὺς βροτοὶ αἰτιόωνται.
    ἐξ ἡμέων γάρ φασι κάκ' ἔμμεναι· οἱ δὲ καὶ αὐτοὶ
    σφῇσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὑπὲρ μόρον ἄλγε' ἔχουσιν.
    • See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly.
    • Homer, Odyssey (c. 725 BC), I. 32–34 (tr. Samuel Butler).
  • If we find fault with others
    We ourselves are also in the wrong.
    When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it,
    For it is wrong for us to find fault.
    By getting rid of the habit of fault-finding
    We cut off a source of defilement.

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