Old Timer wrote: ↑
26 Apr 2019, 11:31
They who blame others have a long way to go on their journey.
They who blame themselves are half-way there.
They who blame no one have already arrived.
I can argue with a couple of potential implications of this quote, but I love the central message.
Thinking about this has me wondering. First off, that that see themselves on a journey are on a journey. We, as LDS, see the road to perfection as a long journey that will not be complete until long after we are dead. It is summed up in the common phrase of "Endure to the end."
In Matt. 5:48, the term perfect was translated from the Greek teleios, which means “complete.” Teleios is an adjective derived from the noun telos, which means “end.”10 The infinitive form of the verb is teleiono, which means “to reach a distant end, to be fully developed, to consummate, or to finish.”11 Please note that the word does not imply “freedom from error”; it implies “achieving a distant objective.”
Meanwhile, brothers and sisters, let us do the best we can and try to improve each day. When our imperfections appear, we can keep trying to correct them. We can be more forgiving of flaws in ourselves and among those we love. We can be comforted and forbearing. The Lord taught, “Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now … ; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.”40
We need not be dismayed if our earnest efforts toward perfection now seem so arduous and endless.
By RMN https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... g?lang=eng
As this might apply to the quote in the OP, I can imagine that those that do not measure up (which is all of us) and then blame others for their failings still have "a long way to go on their journey."
Those that do not measure up and then blame themselves are "half-way there". They still do not measure up but at least they have progressed from assigning blame on outward forces that are beyond their means to control or even sometimes influence. Now they place the blame or the credit on themselves. This can be somewhat helful in that is can be motivating to try hard believing that dedication, effort, and personal endurance can win the day. However, in this approach the end goal is still a long way off.
I imagine that those that "blame no one" have come to accept themselves and their circumstances. I believe that they do not affix blame because they are not really keeping score. They are not overly worried with their deficiencies from a future perfected state. They may not conceptualize themselves as being on a journey with a fixed destination. They may imagine themselves as complete, or whole, or fully developed right now in the moment - even though they may still grow and change in the future. Thus they "have already arrived" because the "journey" and the destination was always a mental construct.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood
“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223
"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13