THE CULT OF VICTIMHOOD
JUNE 14, 2010. At a recent “inspirational conference” a friend attended, speaker after speaker marched up to the podium to recount a horrible life story of abuse that eventually turned into gold.
I believe the speakers were trying to say they had been victimized and THEN picked themselves up and made successful lives, but in my role as cynic in such matters, I wondered how much the victim-story had been USED AND PROMOTED to make that success happen.
Anyway, at least several audience members wondered how they could possibly compete with the speakers because, damn it, they didn’t have a history of massive abuse they could use as a banner headline in their own lives.
I’m citing this conference as a cameo of the society at large. People—but kids, especially—are always looking for stories that will “play well.” What happens when the trend turns negative, when…
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