It has also made me aware of my own tendencies to rugsweep and shift blame in the past. This knowledge has made me more accountable all around. It has also made me truly appreciate people who don't do this, and people who I probably overlooked in the past.
I am utterly blown away by how often this goes on. I think it makes me a difficult person to be around, as I can not tolerate it. I look at the culture of the town where I grew up and I see dysfunction on a mass scale. I learned these behaviors at home and had them reinforced in my community. You don't tell the truth, if it makes someone "look" bad. If you make someone look bad, its your fault and you are bad, because you hurt them by not covering their ass.
A boy recently beat a cat to death, it was reported and enough of the community covered it, so he could get on with his life, and not have it ruined...(and by boy I mean over the age of 16) things like this....
Forget TV and movies!
While I'm happy to be aware and make self improvements, it also makes it hard for me to find friends who don't scare me with these ideas that life is about avoiding issues to keep everybody comfortable.