We have been trained by the world we live in to reach outward to find expression. In so doing, we depend on those outside forces to give us a personal identity and in the process remove us from personal responsibility. Hence, anything that occurs for us individually is the result of something that is basically out of our personal control. In that way we can absolve ourselves from any setback and make it the fault of something or someone else. We assign blame outward.
The model for this outward expression exists within most organized religions, as God is defined as an entity that is removed from us, something that exists "out there". Authority is received from without in the ultimate sense, and then everything else is a "trickle-down", from God to Government to Job to Spouse to Teacher to Family to Mother. Everything, it seems, is produced and directed from the outside-in. In this scenario, the self, then, is but the victim, and most of us feel victimized all of the time. ("The Devil made me do it?")
Seeing from this point of view, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the fault of British Petroleum. Period. We assign no personal blame in any way to ourselves, even though we have become so dependent on energy that we will go to war to secure it. In America, the cry is ever "more, more, more". We never get enough of anything, everything must be fast, and it must be easy. And whenever anything goes wrong, we fuss like small children and throw the blame outward.
It's time to grow up. It's time to reestablish the "self" and the realization that you are always the Creator and never the Victim. You do not exist because of your world, your world exists because of you, is but a reflection of the condition you find yourself in.
The BP accident is my fault, and I take full responsibility for the ongoing atrocity.