Is Choosing to Be a Victim a Taboo Subject?

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Some people apparently think there are no fake victims, only real ones.

They believe that if all the oppression in the world were magically lifted tomorrow, people would suddenly become independent.

This is not my conclusion.

When I went to junior high school (it wasn’t “middle school” then and “junior” wasn’t considered a dangerous pejorative that could ruin young minds), the concept of a victim, as we use it now, didn’t exist.

Can you imagine it? There was no special ed. There were no federal funds paid out for each “specially abled” child. No one used the word “victim.” There was no such thing as ADHD. There was no such thing as a clinically depressed child. There were no shrinks hovering around ready to make diagnoses and dispense drugs.

This junior high had a cross-section of kids from different economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Did cruel things occasionally happen? Were there a few bullies? Yes. Was it paradise every day? No. Were there injustices? Yes. But all in all, it was a good school. Kids learned. Most of the teachers were fair and just.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, more learning took place in that school than in a comparable school today. It wasn’t even close, by any reasonable standard of measurement, like literacy.

And in terms of the kids feeling safe and free (as free as anyone can be in a school), again it was no contest. Things were better then than they are now.

The word victim was never used. Kids didn’t wear victimhood like a badge. It didn’t take a village. We didn’t have the incomparable advantage of knowing we were all on Spaceship Earth, and yet we did well.

We somehow managed to struggle through without being taught about sex in the classroom. No one told us about the need to respect every point of view. In fact, there was no social training at all. We never sat around in class and had group discussions with the teacher.

We all knew the principal was an idiot. We knew who the bad teachers were and who the good teachers were.

No one promoted “sharing and caring.” No one.

By today’s standards, we were living in the Stone Age. Yet, we got through it. We weren’t ever treated as victims, and we didn’t know what victims were. Kids understood they either succeeded or failed. If they failed, they didn’t make it to the next grade. It was stark and simple. No one objected.

Yes, in some respects, school was a real pain in the neck, but we bit the bullet and kept on going.

If someone from the future had showed up and told us about ADHD and what it was, and what the drugs were, we would have called him crazy. We would have laughed him into oblivion.

Flash forward 60 years…

“Oh, but now there are so many more distractions. TV, computers, the Internet, cell phones. And drugs, porn, divorced parents, guns, junk food, advertising. Kids today need more help. They need more caring adults.”

No, actually, kids need schools where the rules are simple and stark. You learn or you don’t learn. You behave or you don’t behave. You aren’t a victim.

Over the last 60 years, a culture of victimhood has become a major industry. This culture, as it turns out, doesn’t really solve very much at all. It engenders more problems. It invents endless excuses. It piles up baloney to the level of every kid’s eyes. It gives a kid an out.

The people who promote victimhood make their living by promoting victimhood. That’s the clue. They’re hustlers.

There are a few fuzzy boundaries when you differentiate between a real victim and a phony one. It isn’t perfect. Nothing is. There is no system that can protect everybody. But, all in all, you’re far better off unloading the victim culture than you are expanding it.

And expanding it is what happens when the pros and hustlers take over. They’re liars right down to their shoes.

Many parents are complicit. They’re looking for an out, too. They want to have outside people make sure their kids are all right.

The federal government and its allies take this point of view: if you don’t go along with the culture of victimhood, you’re a monkey wrench in the machinery of progress. You’re standing up for yourself.

Once upon a time, self-reliance was a given. In order for it to be a given, there had to be a concomitant principle: if you don’t rely on yourself, you’re going to be in trouble. The two ideas go together.

People accepted this.

You pass your courses or you fail and repeat the grade.

That wasn’t considered an onerous burden. It was a fact of life.

Then, there was a change. “I” was replaced by “we.” That was the “new idea.” It sounded good. It sounded interesting. It sounded hopeful.

But it was a con. The “we” was fake. It wasn’t about cooperation in a family or in a real community. It was high-flying and political and vague.

It was an out. It was a way to choose victimhood. In fact, it became, over time, a way for voluntary victims to bond with one another. “We’re in bad shape, and we demand help.”

And help arrived. It arrived, along many fronts, in the form of the removal of the need to be a strong individual.

That was the key in the lock that opened the door, so the old culture of self-reliance could flow into the sea and disappear.

“But there are real victims!” people say. Of course there are. Since there are oppressors, there are victims. But I’m not talking about that. I’m not talking about that at all. I’m talking about choice, about choosing to enter the dim realm of the put-upon.

And if you don’t think many, many people have made that choice, you’re not watching.

When I was in ninth grade, my teacher told us what deus ex machina meant. God from the machine. It was a dramatic device through which, in a play, the characters were rescued from their terrible troubles, at the last minute, from Above. It was a cheap trick.

Well, there are millions of people who, after choosing victimhood, have come to believe in deus ex machina. One way or another, the cavalry will come over the hill. They count on this. The cosmic lottery ticket will turn up.

Just wait long enough, and the payoff will appear.

This has NOTHING to do with cooperation in small groups or families. It has everything to do with a gathering malaise.

This whole culture is designed to provide people with a way to fall back on their weakest instincts. This culture becomes more violent and vicious, because it encourages massive self-esteem based on nothing.

There is a ready excuse for every shortfall, an excuse for every shortcoming and every crime—with parasitic intellectuals inventing newer and newer reasons to exonerate all behaviors everywhere, under the flag of tolerance and understanding and even freedom.

Do we need liberation from actual oppressive criminals and their systems? Of course.

Do we need liberation from people who surrender themselves to victimhood?

More than ever.

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  • Phil_Ossifer

    The way you get anything in this country these days is to position yourself as a victim or as a member of a “victimized” group. And that’s why the culture of victimhood isn’t going away any time soon. By modern definition the heterosexual conservative White male cannot be an “official” victim so, ironically, he ends up being the ultimate victim – he’s blamed for everything the “official” victim groups complain about. You see, it isn’t nice for one “official” victim group to criticize another “official” victim group, but they need to blame someone, so… Any spineless cuck who apologizes for being White is beneath contempt.

    • David E

      It’s now the INTELLIGENT heterosexual white male. They have now offered an “out” for white males if we can agree to be dumb, for the holdouts who wouldn’t go along with “gay.”

      • The Tuna Fairy

        Intelligent females too. I am on all of the shit lists out there too, not lesbian, not ethnic, and too damn uppity because I have an IQ. Most men won’t get NEAR a woman smarter than them, damages their egos. The “out” offered to guys now is the same one offered to women for millennia, as long as you are obedient and keep your opinions to yourself, you are acceptable. Welcome to our world, as long as you’ll keep your head down and don’t challenge the status quo, you are acceptable! It SUCKS no matter WHO is saying that, or why. And I’m not trying to join the victim parade, I’m saying “look at reality” and try looking at it through the eyes of an intelligent female in this day and age.

        And I agree, the whole “too intelligent” crap is utterly nonsense, as is the whole victim cult. Not my fault they watch TV while I read books. Not my fault they think relaxing = shutting off your mind. And not my fault they think that any effort to improve their lives is too much work.

        I choose not to be a victim, I look at how the world is, and try to react rationally to irrational situations. As far as I can tell, that’s really all I can do. I HATE that it’s reality in this day and age.

        • Clementine

          You are ethnic, all humans are ethnic. Your ancestry comes from somewhere… half of my ethnicity is Norwegian… 😉

          • Frank Energy

            Nope that doesn’t count, if you are white, you are just a privileged whitey. And if smart, you are on an extra shit list.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          The one reason my wife and I got together, and are still together almost 9 years later (married for just over 8) is that we’re both intelligent.

          I tried the less-intelligent woman route before. . . 3-and-a-half years is all I could deal with. I thought it was me, so I tried it more than once. . . 3-and-a-half years, every freaking time.

          Best thing ever to happen to me, was the realization that I need an intelligent woman if I want a lasting relationship.

          We don’t always agree on everything, and that’s ok.

          • Frank Energy

            LOL story of my life, a whole series of 3 year relationships, I had no idea the current love of my life was intelligent, I just thought she was “nice” until I saw her reconciling/balancing the days trades on a $2B hedge fund.

        • David E

          Yep, but like Draco, I prefer smarter women. You have to be capable of holding a conversation with me or I’m not interested.

    • The Tuna Fairy

      “The way you get anything in this country these days is to position yourself as a victim or as a member of a “victimized” group.”
      I agree, and it utterly sucks. when are humans going to grow up and see that people are people, and treat everyone as the person they are? But I guess a lot of the problem there is people not being happy with who they are, and rather than changing themselves, try to find someone to blame.

      Crab bucket mentality, at it’s finest, all over this country. How DARE you do better than me by your own efforts! Pull you back down!

    • Clementine

      You are a breath of fresh air with your intelligent thought… thank you!

  • Clementine