The “Psychiatric Folksong”

The habit of blaming a person’s problems on genes, parents, and society, is one into which everyone can fall.Humpty

Anna Russell caught the spirit of this fault well when she sang in the “Psychiatric Folksong”:

“At three I had a feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,
And so it follows naturally, I poisoned all my lovers.
But now I’m happy; I have learned the lesson this has taught;
That everything I do that’s wrong, is someone else’s fault.”1

In Ezekiel 18:2, the people were complaining that their suffering was due to their father’s deeds, and were charging God with being unfair.

They blurted, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”

‘Humpty Dumpty was pushed.’While it is true that the actions of those before us does contribute to problems for us, we still must be willing to be accountable for our own bad choices.

Ultimately, we must admit our own sinfulness and wrong decisions.

Croft M. Pentz wrote, “The bumper sticker read: ‘Humpty Dumpty was pushed.’

We have all heard the nursery tale about Humpty Dumpty falling from the wall. But now we are saying he didn’t fall – someone pushed him.

Blaming others is nothing new.

It began with Adam blaming Eve for his sin, and Eve blaming the serpent.

The three hardest words to say are: ‘I am wrong.’ It’s easier to blame someone else. We want to believe that, like the saying on the Humpty Dumpty bumper sticker, our accidents or problems are someone else’s fault.”2

“It’s a wonderful generation to belong to! Everything that’s wrong is the fault of the generation ahead of us, and is going to have to be corrected by the one after us.”3

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  1. A. Dudley Dennison, M.D, Shock it to Me, Doctor!, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1970, p. 75
  2. Croft M. Pentz, Waynesboro, PA, “Blaming Others,” Enrichment, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Winter, 2000
  3. Christian Clippings, Holiday, FL, February 1996, p. 29