Wednesday, March 24, 2010
“Political Become Personal with a Vengeance”
The cult of victimology’s growth continues unabated. It almost, but not quite, makes me feel sorry for the cult members. Eric S. Raymond comments on the cult of victimology in a piece titled Victimology bites, after reading a piece in the New York Times written by Dr. Richard A. Friedman, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Friedman’s NYT piece is titled Sabotaging Success, but to What End?.
Read Friedman’s piece, and the comments, and you’ll understand exactly why Raymond ends his piece this way.
That is why I congratulate Dr. Friedman on his disdain for these people;. it’s entirely healthy and appropriate. And that is also why I vow to be as nasty as I can to the next person waving the “I’m a victim!” banner in my face. Black, gay, transgendered, learning-disabled, or whatever the designated victim group of the week is — being that thing is not necessarily a flaw, but playing the victim card for a position of moral and political superiority definitely is.
For a better future, demand that individuals get respect the old-fashioned way — by earning it.