When problems blindside you, what is your first thought...who or what is to blame or what lessons will inform the solution? Accountability is critical but that alone will not solve the problem. Neither will pointing fingers and going on the offensive to protect the self at all costs. Rest assured, there will always be someone or something to blame but the real question is how much time are you willing to waste by pointing fingers to feel more secure and validated?
More important, why is this behavior so commonplace when it clearly benefits the few and disempowers the many? Our government exemplifies the destructive nature of this behavior and for what? How much further will we allow the fear of losing individual power, identity, status, and wealth to control us as individuals, communities, businesses, and nations before we recognize that this motivation only perpetuates further disaster?
Transformational change is uncomfortable and takes courage to face. Whether the catalyst for change is defined as a problem, challenge, obstacle, or any other noun you choose, what's important is whether we collectively fight and avoid or embrace and engage the possibilities that only present themselves in times of need. The latter requires self awareness, inclusiveness and a common commitment to pursue the ideal solution rather than the most readily available one, which is typically self-serving and short-lived.
On the former, go ahead, cling to what you think you know, enabling the fear of loss to drive your actions. The wheels will keep turning (or spinning), day in and day out until you recognize that you are helplessly trapped in the fortress of status quo with no way out.