This text is about everything. In everything, many find culprits. To atone for your own faults or faults and just because it’s easier to blame someone else than to take responsibility. Just because it’s more popular. It attracts more “followers” or “likes” to be populist, to be extremist, than to contribute to the solution, than to build. It brings more audience to say bad things, to denigrate, to accuse people of having committed, or allegedly having committed, white-collar crimes than to gather evidence and deliver the corresponding complaint to the Public Ministry.
There are also those who say that while we accuse others, we distract attention from ourselves and our worldly sins. Often, I believe, it will be so.
And it is easier when you accuse people who, at the time of the accusation, do not have the same stage to defend themselves. And this is about everything. It’s not just about politics, economics, health, wars, it’s about everything, even out of mere personal hatred.
The principle is: “They” or “they” are the guilty ones, “I” or “we” are the innocent ones. We have a recent example of one of the accusers in the media realm who, after all, seems to have some things to do with her statements regarding real estate. The same one who welcomed a “niece” who was the daughter of someone very important and suddenly discovered that the said was a thief. Interestingly, he did so when his niece’s father ceased to be important. The same person accuses, always in a twisted way to avoid criminal prosecutions, launches vile insinuations over a series of people, showing ignorance of the topics he talks about, but it has an echo. She has an audience. You are given space. But she is not guilty of anything. She belongs to the others group.
The culprits are those who do not have the space to defend themselves at the same time they are attacked or the same prominence in the media when they are cleared of the accusations against them. One day I went too far: I said what I thought about the lady in question and I was promptly insulted by a bunch of followers of her candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic. Of course, I retracted the expression I used, because it brought me down to the level of the lady in question, but I quickly realized that “the others”, that is, all her followers, grew up before me, the culprit, just for saying the truth.
But as mentioned there is more. It’s easy to insinuate. It’s easy to denigrate. I also know how to do it and I know that it brings supporters and even votes. If there are those who say that there is a party that is a federation of discontented people with the state our country is in, it would be good for the media to give a little help and banish from their screens, microphones and pages, those who accuse without evidence, because maybe help federations of malcontents to lose strength.
Opinion article signed by António Cunha Vaz, president of CV&A
Source: Meios & Publicidade by www.meiosepublicidade.pt.
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