1943: In the middle of World War II, Los Angeles residents believe the Japanese are attacking them with chemical warfare. A thick fog that makes people’s eyes sting and their noses run has taken hold of the city. Visibility is cut down to three city blocks.
 
As residents would later find out, the fog was not from an outside attacker, but from their own vehicles and factories. Massive wartime immigration to a city built for cars had made L.A. the largest car market the industry had ever seen. But the influx of cars and industry, combined with a geography that traps fumes like a big bowl, had caught up with Angelenos.
 
In the early 1950s Arie Haagen-Smit, a chemist at California Institute of Technology,  “told a populace that didn’t want to hear the truth,” Jacobs said. “When they finally wrapped their heads around reality, they didn’t blame themselves. They blamed the car companies for making defective products.”
 
Wow!  It’s my car but not of my doing, it’s the automaker’s fault!
 
How often, when confronted with the truth of our lives, do we deflect and say “Well maybe it is my car, but you bought me the car?”
 
It’s so easy to shift the blame.  Isn’t that the same old story?
 
“Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”
 
“The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”
 
GOD said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?”
 
“The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”
Genesis 3:11-13 (The Message)
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