The Obsession with Victimhood and Why It Will Never Get Us Anywhere

“Everybody’s got dead people! But it makes no excuse to letting everyone else around get killed along the way!”

~Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy

As I have mentioned in a previous article, I think that it is essentially our issues with being victims that has, time and time again, led us into ruin. While I certainly don’t want to infringe on anyone else’s rights and offend anyone, I still think that it is our inability to stop being victims that prevents us from really progressing as a people. Instead of choosing to make a stand, many of us simply lay on the ground and say: “Oh I’m a victim! Pity me and side with me on my issues!”

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Worse yet, there are those who like to lash out at people who call them out on their victim mentality. Like some of the less savory Jewish concentration camp survivors of World War II, some of these so-called victims believe that they are the only ones who deserve sympathy and demand special treatment because of their victimhood. Worse yet, there are even those who victimize others, believing that their victimhood grants them the moral high ground and are therefore allowed to hurt others.

Yes, it sucks to be a victim. I was once a victim of bullying and worse in my younger years which led to depression late on in my life. I can also admit that for a lot of the time, I behaved like your stereotypical Pinoy victim, believing that I had a “right” to certain things even though I never actually did anything to deserve them. At the end of the day, thanks to a skilled psychologist, I was able to get most of my shit together. Emphasis on most. Anyway, the point is that I learned three things when I view what happened to me in retrospect:

You Are Seldom The ONLY Victim

Anyway, based on some of what I said above, I remember reading a story told by a grandchild of a concentration camp survivor.

In it, he told of how his grandfather viewed himself as a victim of the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. He would go on and on about how Jews were the most hated people in the world and how they got the worst of just about everything. However, despite his outbursts, the same guy openly disliked people of African descent whom he often avoided speaking to and also had a deep hatred for homosexuals whom he insisted were “abominations” to God. He also refused to do business with Gypsy people or Roma because he held to the belief that they were a race of liars and thieves.

So what’s my point?

Well the thing is, while victims deserve sympathy, that does not really guarantee them special treatment. Being a victim sucks, that’s true, but we have to remember that other people have their own troubles and problems to worry about. Remember always that victimhood certainly does not excuse insensitivity towards the plight of others.

Being A Victim Does NOT Make You Right All The Time

As mentioned in the quote at the top of this article as well as the statement above, I’m sure we’ve all had our share of bad experiences. However, those bad experiences do not give us the right to harm others or force them into doing what we want, no matter what we may think. At the end of the day, just being a victim does not give us the right to do what we want.

I always hear convicted criminals out there complaining that they’ve been maltreated and therefore deserve some better treatment. Unfortunately, while their maltreatment certainly earns them some sympathy, it does not excuse the heinous crimes that they have committed. We have to remember that evil is all too often a choice. It’s about choosing to obey the better part of you over the more bestial aspect of your psyche. When you do something terrible, you cannot blame anyone else but yourself for giving into your more base desires. A certainly good example of this is the way some rapists actually blame their victims for wearing things that “provoke” them into being raped.

Being A Victim Does NOT Make You A Hero

More often than not, in many teleseryes I’ve managed to see my house staff watching, the heroine is a young woman who is bullied by others. While I certainly feel sorry for the said characters, I don’t really see them as anything heroic or something to be imitated by our young viewers. They only inspire people to be complacent and to simply accept what is instead of encouraging them to strive for something greater and make themselves into better people. True heroism involves struggling against ones problems and eventually triumphing over them.

Submitting to bullies only encourages them to bully you further. I have always associated Pinoy victim mentality with our misplaced ideas of “hiya”. After all, speaking out against bullies is unbecoming of one’s mental and emotional resilience. Never mind that bullying only leads to further deterioration of a person’s mind and eventually even leads to depression and the possibility of suicide.

Real heroes are people who stop being victims and finally make a stand for themselves. Real heroes are people who make something of themselves despite the problems and troubles that besiege them. Real heroes are people who may have once been victims but are now those who help protect victims so that they too may cease to be victims in time.

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Please people, we have to stop playing the victim card and whining in the corner. As the quote above says, we’ve all experienced tragedies in our lives and that some of us could very well be victims. Unfortunately, being a victim does not excuse bad behavior nor does it give you or anyone else the right to victimize others.

Instead, let us all rise up from being victims and become better people so that we may never be victimized again!

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10 Comments on “The Obsession with Victimhood and Why It Will Never Get Us Anywhere”

  1. Victim mentality of Filipinos, began from the murder of Benigno Aquino, Jr., at the Manila International Airport. Whoever murdered him, gave the Filipinos a disfavor. They become addicted to : “Victim Mentality”…

    The Aquinos used this tragedy, to gain public sympathy; and to gain votes…that made them rise to political power , up to now; with the help of the U.S./CIA. Remember, Aquino III, was elected as President, because his mother died. Not his qualifications; not his track records; not his intelligence; etc…but, just because his mother died.

    So, Filipinos, now think that being a “victim” gives you power, and is a good thing.

    We should change our mentality to a: “VICTOR MENTALITY”…being: brave, courageous, audacious, self reliant, daring , strong. etc…constitute a True Victor…

      1. Ask Thaddeus Grimwald…he is the “Campaign Manager” of “Kardong Kalabaw”…I am only his “Political Strategist”. Kardong Kalabaw is better than: Binay, Grace Poe, Roxas, Duterte,Marcos, Escudero, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, etc…or any Presidential aspirant . He can “debate” thru “mental telepathy”…he had his first “Press Conference”, arranged by Thaddeus Grimwald, a few weeks back…

  2. The Jews did not linger in their miseries; after the Jewish Holocaust, during World War II. Instead, they returned to their homeland; and built the nation : Israel.

    They worked hard; made the desert bloom; made their country very strong militarily and economically. They are surrounded by Arab enemies; who are bent on destroying them. They fought many wars, and a become stronger nation.

    They are real victims. But, they have the Victor Mentalities…

    1. I agree that the jewish people, mostly americans, have definitely risen up from the horrors of the holocaust. However, Israel was not built by the jews….the land was handed to them by the americans after WWII. Israel is occupying palestine on the shoulders of the americans…without american support, israel would have been gone a long time ago. If you cared to read on current events, israel still uses what happened in the past to bully its neighbors.

  3. The SAF44 who died mercilessly. Are they heroes or victims? It was reported that this band of cops didn’t pay for their meals at a local eatery before they went off to their ill- fated mission. corrupt yet heroes? I say we all live with integrity and stop crying out for sympathy.

    1. How many Policemen in Metro Manila pay for their meals in any Restaurant?

      It is not how crooked, these 44 SAF Policemen are; it is how they sacrificed their lives…for all of us.

      And, Aquino is not pursuing those who murdered them. He is even trying to finance the murderers/terrorists with our taxpayers’ money…

  4. VICTIMS BE CLEAR : YOUR ALL VOLUNTEERS !

    Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

    Stick up for yourself and those that you love, do not take any shit from anyone….but, hey, choose your battles wisely !

    9 times out of ten, it is smarter to just walk away, or run if you have to…..if they follow you? STAND AND FIGHT ! at least you’ll respect yourself, and give that guy that just got the black-eye , b4 stomping you all the way to the hospital(while spitting out a few of his teeth), ha !!!!

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