Preemptive Blaming

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“They’re going to be quick
to blame me.”
said the founder,
worrying
of their employees’ backlash.

“How would it be different,
if you were quicker?”
I asked.

“What do you mean?”
he asked.

“How would it be different,
if you were even quicker
than them?”
I asked again,
with emphasis.

“Quicker?”
he asked.

“…”
I sat there,
silent.

“You mean if I were to blame myself
before they did?”

“…”
I waited.

Silence ensued.

“… You’re talking about
taking responsibility.”
The reply came back,
eventually.

“That’d be very different.”
he continued.