Sunday, 23 September 2018

VICTIMS


Professor Jordan Peterson recommended a piece in the magazine quillette.com written by Lisa Marchiano and titled, “Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell Us About Victimhood Culture.

“Some current cultural trends award increased social status to those perceived as victims” writes Marchiano. "Sociologists have posited that a new moral culture of victimhood is developing in college campuses. In such a culture, being a victim raises one’s standing and confers virtue, in part because it mobilizes protection and support from powerful third parties.”

Mothers of Plaza de Mayo marched quietly every Thursday.
“We want to know where our children are."
                                
When I was in college in Buenos Aires, and all hell was breaking loose with the terrorists unleashing a storm of bombings and killings throughout the country, there was no such culture of victimhood. We were all targets, and all victims. We did not have to think about it; we just were.


In Buenos Aires, everyone was a target.
And yet the greatest victims of all, the mothers of the disappeared never had an infrastructure of protection and support. They had to create their own network.

Did it make them stronger?  You bet it did.

They helped each other.


Does our North American culture of victimhood make us weaker?
In a way, I think it does.




Although today we have massive third party support, women have to learn to fight back and to report attacks. In the past, we left this up to the authorities. But the struggle is ours. We must take charge.

Six thousand young people disappeared in Argentina during the years of lead. And the Mothers grew into a worldwide force which taught us to hold the authorities accountable for their actions.

I think the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo did the right thing. And they did it peacefully. We can learn from them.



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