Today’s post is slightly political, so if that’s not for you, better leave.
I follow politics in the U.S. as well as in several bigger European countries and I want to share the following observation: It’s becoming extremely bizarre and entertaining at the same time. Granted, I do not delve deep into policies when following the news – much alike 99% of people out there – but the overall developments in and between countries.
The recent upheavals – George Floyd/BLM, Corona – made a lot of what was important yesterday fade away in obscurity. Anyone remember Fridays for Future, where children where ditching school in order to protest for the environment? Or has anyone heard of Greta Thunberg lately? Both where pretty much blown out of the water by the impact of Corona (and the Corona-virus also has done more for the environment that all recent environmental movements, as a side note).
But there is a common thread between protesters for “racial equity” (whatever that means) and “climate justice” (whatever that means): They are, in their minds, victims, or speaking on behalf of said victims. And those protesters use their victim status to gain power. Ironically, this ideologically connects them to revolutionary movements of the 20th century, where communists claimed to be victims of the capitalist class (Marx, anyone?), or national socialists claiming to fight the “jewish oppression” of Germany.
And being a victim is in reality a powerful asset, especially nowadays: Anyone who can prove the slightest discrimination (i.e. at work) has a leverage on his employers and colleagues. A wrong remark, a wrong look can lead to costly lawsuits (esp. in the U.S.) and ruin careers, often without a court case or a chance to discover the truth. You might have seen something like that in it’s more benign form in your circles: That one person that always has issues and loudly has to tell everyone about them. And yes, that person is doing that for the sole purpose of getting attention. He or she might even get a kick out of creating problems.
On the surface spelling out your victimhood sounds good then, right? Wrong. Very, very wrong. This victimhood mentality is extremely destructive, creates distrust, and is a cancer to businesses and organizations alike. Same goes for societies: Once a coherent group feels that they are victims of another group, every tool is allowed to alleviate the perceived wrong. Since you are a victim, how can you be morally wrong in wanting to change that status? So what if there is some harm to property or other people? You are a victim, and you are angry! You deserve to be treated better! Fuck the oppressor! And so on. How far that can go can be observed all around the world, and I am strongly opposed to this mentality.
There is a very good reason western societies adopted the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” as well as a neutral judicial system, and everyone who wants to abolish those is automatically an enemy of rationality and enlightened thought.
While this is a bit placative, I hope you do get the point. Victimhood is not compatible with the IWC-mindset and strongly discouraged. If you feel you have been wronged in your life, think again. If there is someone richer than you, you can bet that person worked harder and longer than you to get where he is. If someone has a better physique than you, there is a good chance he worked out harder than you. And yes, there are a few things we cannot change about us, however, you can change 99% of what you are and where you are in life.
You just have to make the decision to do it, and work on this change consistently. That is something we teach at the IWC, so if you haven’t joined yet, now is the time.