dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The three little words that Pattersons find so hard to say: "I was wrong"

I find it hard to empathize with the struggles of the Patterson family because they have an annoying habit that I keep talking about because they do it so often: they refuse to own up to doing something wrong. You'd think at first blush that they simply can't see themselves as ever having made a mistake, that they're all blind to the consequences of their actions. That would make them all like John. It takes a while for the old boy to realize that he's done something unpleasant but when he does he tries to make up for it in his own ham-fisted manner. The rest of the family, instead, seem to take after Elly. Elly seems unable to admit to herself that she is to any degree repsonsible for the messes she gets in. The finger that points out the guilty can never point to her. Children learn to see the world from those around them so, I repeat, it should be obvious that the main reason Mike says that Liz deserved to be teased because she was cuter than he was is that he was brought up to blame his troubles on a fall-guy. Since he's convinced himself that nothing is ever his fault, he is never going to apologize because he feels no guilt or remorse. It's Lizardbreath's fault for tattling and his parent's fault for taking her side. To see an adult who retains the morals of a five-year-old is sort of disgusting in a horrfying way.
Tags: child rearing disasters, mikerobe: the universal infant, sheet shaver

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