Check out the story of Adam and Eve, the serpent and God, from Genesis 3:8-19
This story of Creation is timeless for many reasons. People may question the "facts of the story" (legitimately so), but no question about the intent of the story. We love to blame others for our actions. Save face! Save money! Protect our pride! Avoid punishment and lawsuits! Fool God (go ahead, try it). The woman YOU gave me made me do it (adam delivers a one two punch). The serpent made me do it.
And yesterday we see this scenario played out for the 10000000000th time (fat finger may lead to too many zeros...).
Before Sen. Jeff Bingaman and the rest of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, some higher ups from those (evidently not) responsible for the oil spill testified under oath.
Lamar McKay, the head of BP PLC's (BP, BP.LN) U.S. unit (I know that alphabet soup has British Petroleum in it),
Transocean Ltd. (RIG) Chief Executive Steve Newman, whose company owned the rig that BP leased, and Halliburton Corp.'s (HAL) chief safety officer, Tim Probert, whose company performed cementing work on an oil well.
Maybe there will be a cooperative effort to recognized the devastation caused each group taking responsibility so as to save time and money, and then working together to help limit the devastation caused on the Gulf.
Let's listen in: NPR story.
Oh, Genesis 3 all over again. And yes, paradise has been lost.