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Clinging to Victimhood

Here's a slice out of the middle of a post from level_head:
The problem comes from clumping together into groups: "I am a Native-American!" "I am an African-American!" "I am a Woman... a Religious Minority... a High School Dropout... a Victim of a Corporation... a Liberal... a Conservative... a Union Member..."

By clumping together into these clusters, you are blocked by the first obstacle or grid in the flow. You cannot get through -- you're jammed, and everyone else is jammed right there with you. The tighter you hold onto your role as part of the group, the tougher it is to get loose from victim mentality.

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Feb. 9th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with that. Identification is the first step to marginalization and exclusivity.

But it's certainly a pervasive trait in not only humans, but animals as well.
Feb. 9th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
Then again,
We can each and every one of us claim to be some kind of 'victim' or other. The question is, do we resist the temptation or do we cash in?

I'm not really arguing either way. It's late.

No, actually my point was I think there are more important things. Going for "Tort Reform" to protect a big business against a coffee lawsuit is one thing, but there are reasons for such laws. A few parasites is a smaller problem than the devastation for those truly injured or the corporations that only fear financial loss for the worst contempt for human life. IMHO, anyways.
Feb. 10th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: Then again,
I don't pretend to speak for level_head, but I take him to be saying that the flotillas of victimhood don't just impede the general flow of prosperity, but that they specifically disadvantage the individuals who cling to them. The flow continues, but individuals claiming to the group-victim self-identification suffer greater privation than those who navigate the flow as responsible individuals.

A perennial victim is as great a drag on society as a perennial rascal, and in his own way is equally corrupt. Moreover, while we may hate and chide the rascal at will, we feel compelled to love the victim, an unnatural undertaking which makes him more bothersome still.

-Robert Grudin
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