Victims & Victimhood
The world is full of victims
We're all victims of something
This is true
We love to revel in this status and shout it out to the world.
For instance, the Tibetans are victims of the Chinese
Who along with the Koreans were victims of the Japanese
Who were the first victims of the nuclear era.
The Palestinians are victims of the Israelis
Who were victims of the Europeans
Who were the worst victims of both world wars.
The Turks are victims of an apathetic European Union
While the Armenians were victims of the Turks and the Kurds
Some Azerbaijanis will say they are victims of the Armenians
And back to the Kurds, well they were victims of Saddam
Who was a victim of the Americans along with Latin America, Muslims in the Middle East and most people I talk to in other countries now.
And America as a whole is a victim of the world's envy and four hijacked planes
In America, the African Americans were victims of slavery and Jim Crow
The gays victims of society and the Right
The Churchgoers victims of Hollywood and the Left
The Mexicans victims of the newest prejudice
Jews victims of the oldest prejudice
Native Americans victims of the White pioneers
The White woman was a victim of the White Man
Who in turn is now a victim of political correctness and affirmative action.
Sorry to those peoples who I left out, but you were victims of my biases and my editing.
We live in a world full of victims, but with few who would call themselves "oppressors"
But if everyone's a victim and no one an oppressor how can there ever be any justice?
It is difficult and after so many different perspectives and so many different histories, I have to admit:
I'm tired of everyone wearing their suffering as a badge for all to see
The truth is that: we ARE all victims, but many of us have become consumed by this thing called VICTIMHOOD.
We often use this badge to justify all of our actions, even if they hurt others
We get stuck in this past, and dwell again and again on all the bad
In our histories, in our people's histories
We villainize others, while making ourselves saints
Yes, it is important to remember our suffering; sometimes we are reminded of it every day
But it is essential to make peace with that suffering and move on, isn't that what Gandhi and Mandela did?
Though you may have been oppressed, you are the one who controls your own destiny
We can change things for the better by working with the things we can influence
If they cannot be big changes, they can be small
The oppressors cannot touch everything
Can you not change the appearance of a pond by skipping a stone across it?
I would love to make big changes
I would love to be president and try to change how the world is
But I can't, I'm not yet 35
The young, another group of victims.
So here I am writing this, skipping other stones across a pond.
Some people may be more justified in their victim status than others; this is most definitely true
And it is important to remember our injustices; if we forget them we may become weaker
Sometimes, we must respond with force to these injustices
BUT we must take caution here
If you seek to place this victimhood upon someone else for a long period of time, you will have changed nothing.
We have to look at ourselves and say what can I change with ME? With MY people? With MY country?
We have to live life more as active doers with our dreams, hopes and ambitions guiding us.
We have to move forward as a people using our talents while doing our best not to turn others we may pass into victims along the way.
Let now be the time that we can make peace with the past
And move forward like brothers and sisters of this very beat up world
If change is what we want, then let us seek change by discovering the best within ourselves
When we do, we may have truly awakened from this hibernation
Perhaps then we will truly have evolved further as a species and can revel it that accomplishment and shout that out to the world.
As for me, I just pray that this perspective I have doesn't get shaken easily.
I hope the next time I am wronged, (there will be a next time)
And if I survive that wrong and see the door of victimhood opening right in front of me,
I hope I do not enter it.
Or if I do succumb to it and enter, I hope it is only for an appetizer.
We ARE all victims, but we must drain from the world this poison called victimhood.
We cannot close that door behind us or overstay our visit.