[MUD-Dev] Re:

Caliban Tiresias Darklock caliban at darklock.com
Fri Aug 29 00:10:15 New Zealand Standard Time 1997


On Wed, 27 Aug 1997 22:47:31 PST8PDT, "Jon A. Lambert"
<jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

>As such I have little tolerance or sensitivity for these 
>self-made "victims".  These "victims" who bear no responsibility for
>what they inflict on others.  

I just want to say that while this is a significant group, and one whose
numbers have been growing by leaps and bounds, there really ARE some
people who have been honestly victimised. To trivialise the experiences
of those honest victims is just as ludicrous and reprehensible as
treating the self-made victim like some sort of martyr.

The culture of victimhood has become ridiculous. I agree one hundred
percent. But that doesn't mean we should instantly hold anyone who
claims to have been victimised in instant contempt. Some of them are
right, and to deny that merely reinforces one of their deepest fears:
that no one will believe them. 

There's a story about a boy who cried wolf. But if someone *else* had
cried wolf, why wouldn't you have believed it?

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 I'm young enough to get involved, too old to see, all the scars 
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               -- Blue Oyster Cult, "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"
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