Accountability

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Taking responsibility used to be
A non-negotiable “given”,
Not some monumental accomplishment
Beyond our reach.

Unfortunately, society has turned
Passing the buck and
Pointing the finger at the other guy
Into a true art form.

Recognizing and fixing one’s foibles
Has become passé.

Having a good life is something
We should all expect
To create for ourselves
Through individual initiative
And to retool as necessary
When things don’t go
According to plan.

Blaming, suing,
Taking advantage of
Or harming others
To get what we think we deserve,
But perhaps have not yet earned,
Simply should be
Unacceptable.

Inspired By Daily Prompt: Irksome

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