Douche of the Week: Whiners
By RU Twisted
I know that’s a vague title, but it needs to be addressed.
An article was published by The Daily Caller last week about how a professor at the University of California corrected a student’s paper and its insanely poor punctuation, only to be criticized for being “racist.” Apparently the student felt persecuted because of the critique given on their work.
I already know what you’re thinking—and you’re absolutely right. This sniveling stain of a person should have been beaten more as a child and spent less time worrying about “the man” being out to get them. And yes, we could go on for another 800 words or so demolishing this individual in epic fashion to further that point.
But the reality is that the problem is much bigger than just one individual. This has become all too common, unfortunately.
We have become a society of entitlement seekers and manufactured martyrs who can’t do certain things because of the massive tribulation they have faced in their lives.
A day does not pass in the media where we don’t hear about someone filing a law suit against an institution because of perceived discrimination that ultimately was a result of them having incredibly thin skin. It only takes a brief moment of skimming headlines before one finds a case of a person shouting about an “injustice” that boils down to little more than their feelings getting hurt.
When did this begin and, more importantly, how do we reverse it? Or is it human nature to play the victim at every possible turn and it has been this way for a long time?
In my own life I have noticed a change, and I think the daytime talk show is emblematic of—if not a direct contributing factor to—the ever-increasing victimhood mentality. In the 70’s and early 80’s there were people coming on those shows who suffered from some physical ailment or possibly a psychological disorder that was verifiably outside the norm. By the late 90’s this had turned into anything and everything that people could think of just to get on television.
Oddly enough, one of the arenas this can be witnessed in is the media coverage of the Olympic Games. When the Winter Olympics start in a couple weeks, notice the profiles of the athletes. I remember being a kid and watching these and hearing stories about a person who trained their ass off to get where they are and, boom, there they were—succeeding. The last two Olympics I have watched, however, focused almost entirely on some supposed adversity that the person overcame to be there. It wasn’t enough that they made it to one of the top sporting events in the world—they did so after growing up with a (insert tragedy here).
Whether real or perceived matters little—the goal being to highlight some sort of personal injustice acted upon the individual. The racism/abuse/karma that had befallen them in their youth, we are lead to believe, is of far greater importance than the work ethic required to attain such an elite level of physical performance.
And therein lies the rub. If we focus on stuff like “work” and “sweat” and “effort,” that tends to sting a little. It makes it seem like, hey, if I worked hard, then maybe I could achieve something, too.
We as a public clearly don’t want that. We want to be told that it’s perfectly okay that we aren’t succeeding because, you know, that thing that happened to us was totally unfair and we basically deserve a pass from here on out.
America wants to figure out any and every way possible to excuse laziness, all the way down to the level of educating our children. We allow our schools to spend more time on self-esteem building and rearranging the grading system so everyone wins than they do on instilling lessons about how life really works and crazy things like teaching them how to read.
These kids grow up, go to college, and get downright pissed off if a professor fails to treat them with respect and give them the grade they deserve. Apparently in the minds of many, that last term applies to anyone who shows up.
Can it be stopped? Can this downward spiral of whining for entitlement be reversed? Part of me wants to say yes; the other part—the one that’s been wandering this earth like Cane in Kung Fu for 40 years now—is incredibly cynical. I am, to be quite honest, skeptical of human nature and, specifically, the ever-growing number of people who see themselves as victims.
So, to the whiners out there—to all of you who see yourself as one who has been preyed upon by the system—you have earned the coveted Douche of the Week title. Your hard work and constant focus on how hard your life is has shown a bleak future for all of us, but mostly just you.
Here’s the cold, hard reality: I’ve experienced enough to know what being a victim looks like. Most of what I’m seeing isn’t it and it needs to start being called out. I believe this can only happen at the intrapersonal level. No campaigns; no laws; no “awareness” programs. Just some serious kicks in the ass for people who whine about how the man has kept them down.
Pulling out an unwarranted victim card has become like Godwin’s Law—the longer a conversation goes on, the more likely someone is to use it and do so in a completely ridiculous fashion. It deserves to be called out for what it is when it happens.