Friday, May 25, 2007


Tim Ellsworth has written about Dean Hancock, the father of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in a car crash this past April 29. The 29-year-old had a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed into the back of a tow truck that was assisting another vehicle. Authorities have also stated that he was speeding, talking on his cell phone, and not wearing his seatbelt, and that marijuana was found in his vehicle. Despite all of this, the elder Hancock is suing the restaurant that his son was leaving, the restaurant's manager, the tow truck company, and the driver of the vehicle being assisted by the tow truck.

I appreciate Ellsworth's perspective, one not likely to be heard on ESPN:

We as a society have zero sense of personal responsibility, and a victim mentality has taken up permanent residence in the courtroom. There’s good reason for that, however – because it long ago took up permanent residence in our hearts. …

The blame-shifting and buck-passing of which we’re all capable began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam blamed his wife – and ultimately, God — for his sin. We’ve since become masters of the skill.

When we’re impatient with our kids, it’s because they aren’t behaving properly. When we cheat on our taxes, it’s because the government has already taken enough of our money. When we don’t work as hard as we should, it’s because our supervisors are too demanding. And on it goes.

UPDATE: The BP site seems to be down, so Tim has posted the whole story here on his blog.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so true. And sad. It seems that we see even more obvious examples of it when it comes to others trying to place blame in situations like this - when they can't cope with their own grief. I suppose many do this when they are grieving without hope. And that makes it even more sad.

Tim's right - this is a typical attitude in our society. In our own hearts...I have often been guilty of it. Even today, blaming my anger on my husband's behavior. Did he do wrong? Yes. But so did I - I had a choice to respond in a godly manner or a sinful one. I chose sin. Thank God for His grace, or we'd never be able to face another day! ~J in the UK