Over recent years a new cultural trend has emerged, Victimhood. Ironically victimhood culture appears to be highly prevalent in some of the most free, advanced, privileged and developed nations. From the tone of the previous sentences you may gather that I am not an avid fan of this particular cultural trend, however, I do recognise true victims and absolutely acknowledge their pain and struggle. The distinction between a true victim and victimhood culture is 'choice', the less choice one has in a situation or set of circumstances, the closer they are to being a true victim. It is in fact offensive to claim to be a victim, expressing your victimhood to the same extent or more-so than someone who has endured hellish experiences, as if your false victimhood is equivalent to being a true victim. It is not.
There is a current generation, largely stemming from the University scene, as well as other sources, who all have something in common, the expression of victimhood and the protection of these so called victims. Victimhood culture seems to exist at 2 levels, the group and the individual.
The group- Group victimhood suggests a sense of powerlessness in relation to the identity of the group, however they choose to categorise themselves. Within a group, victimhood can spread like wildfire, but this is not helpful to the group and is in fact a toxic approach to solving the issues experienced by this group. Group victimhood suggest that a particular group cannot change their circumstances, even in the slightest, that they are being held back so much so, that they become stuck. The truth is they are only stuck psychologically and not literally.
If at this point you are reading this and feeling triggered, you are probably part of the victimhood culture. Before you lose your mind, ask yourself- do you have the ability to make choices? If the answer is yes, you are not a true victim. Can you apply for employment, can you study, do you have food and shelter, could you create opportunities for yourself, could you relocate from your current location to another, are you free to move, to talk, to express your opinion? If the answer is yes to these questions, you are not a victim, unless of course you fall into the true victim category based on past events. Be careful to not try and protect your victimhood, by suggesting you do have choices, but the choices won't lead anywhere because of some source of oppression. If anyone from your particular group has managed to move beyond this so called oppression, then you cannot claim to be a true victim as integrity of your victimhood has been blown.
The very nature of Victimhood denies choice and renders the individual powerless to change their particular circumstances. The victim in this situation demands, shrieks and yells for their demands to be met, rather than empowering their character through action and initiative. This isn't to say there aren't systems, that make it difficult for some, but yelling about it seldom changes the system or structure responsible for the problems.
The enemies of victimhood culture are responsibility, personal power, inner strength, resilience, effort and acceptance of reality. Victimhood culture relies heavily on emotion, hopes for change rather than actively seeking it, is self perpetuating and disconnecting from reality.
The trend towards victimhood should be discouraged as it is stifling to the progress and evolution of humankind.
Victimhood Culture Part II- The illusion of Progress