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Douche of the Week: Whiners

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Updated: January 28, 2014

 

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.

whine1Oddly 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.

 

 

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  1. C.S.Chapman

    January 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I can relate to ALL of what your saying…. Is it any wonder why people in distant lands think Americans are ALL worthless and weak…. That we are ALL spoiled children…. Let’s all take a good,hard look at us as a nation and do our part to prove them WRONG….

  2. JoeC

    January 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    You could start the reversal by getting rid of the “everybody gets a trophy” policy. Ever since we started giving every little kid a trophy just for showing up there has been no way to quantitatively compare the success of one child against another. They all get the same trophy, so instead of being able to cheer for them earning the trophy we have to cheer for what they overcame to “earn” it. Instead of holding up the positive things they did to achieve something we have to hold up the negative things that could have prevented them from earning it because that is the only thing left that differentiates the winners from the losers. We have to start recognizing the team that won by 30 as the victors instead of telling the team that got their ass kicked how awesome it was that they could overcome their shortcomings just to play the game.

  3. leftoftheboom

    January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Where to begin? It was once a survival trait to be the best hunter, then the best gatherer or a combination or better yet a family unit that did both. Then being a farmer and so forth were increasingly necessary, since the population rose, to be successful was survival.

    Now it is a perceived to be a survival trait to have the most notice. In a predatory environment this was a dangerous attitude. In an environment of social services and government handouts, this is becoming an acceptable tactic.

    Today success is more fluid for those who roam the halls of mediocrity. It is not so much about the specific whine as it is the recognition for the whine. They want to feel important so they have their issue brought to the public light in order for them to feel important. We have not adjusted to the social media yet. That genre is too new and people are still trying to figure it out. Children are killing themselves and others over their perceived social media status and all of this is interrelated.

    How do we fix it? Turn off the internet. Make people socialize in person again and make them realize that they need to have done something In comparison to their LOCAL peers. One main problem can be summed up this way.

    I feel that I am the best at XYZ in my home town and I am therefore a hero. But I can get on the internet and within seconds find several thousand people better than me without once realizing that demographic groups limit the testing arena. In other words if my sample size is too large, I will always be able to find comparisons that invalidate my previous standing.

    The problem is that the social media we are using is too immature and the people using it are too immature to accept their status without collapsing or worse inflating their situation in order to reestablish self-esteem. And all the while the government at the local, state and federal level are running around passing out money for every perceived illness and injustice that can be dreamt up.

    There have been quite a few shootings at schools in the last month. They have all made the front page. Expressed as a percent of schools and as a representation of the population as a whole, less than .0001 of schools in this nation have experienced a problem ( know my math is an example but there is no reference point of how many schools that exist in the US figure how many towns there are and add 1 for one until the size of the town approaches 20000 population and then start adding more schools.)
    The media represent each as a national tragedy instead of a local event and because they do, it is no longer a local event. All of this feeds together and we have individuals who want to be noticed so they do things to be noticed. One kid set himself on fire.

    Turn on the internet and the stupidity becomes localized again.

    • JoeC

      January 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I don’t think the issue is the internet as much as it is the attitude they bring to the internet. That attitude comes from being lied to their entire life about how awesome they are. I see pictures on facebook all the time of girls that look like they’ve been beaten with a bastard cat and all of the comments are telling them how beautiful they are. I hear boys being told all the time how athletic they are when they don’t possess the physical prowess to properly don a pair of jogging shorts. Kids get told all the time how smart they are when they couldn’t find their ass with both hands and a lazer range finder. When these kids wander into the world, either cyber or real, and find out that they are not the big sack of awesome they have been told they are it is simply too much for them to handle. They are not used to failing, struggling or having their ideals challenged, and when it finally does happen they can’t cope.

    • J

      January 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I agree whole heartedly with your first paragraph. There are people I have to deal with everyday that are whiners, and usually some sort of drain on society. To them i say “If you were any other kind of animal, something would have eaten you by now”. Problem is they usually don’t understand what i mean.

  4. LT_J

    January 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Upon reading the story of the professor called a racist for correcting a student’s grammar, I developed an earnest longing for Dr. Martin Luther King to still be alive in this age, just to see what he would have to say after all he fought through.

  5. John

    January 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    As a teacher I see this first hand on a daily basis. Our admin and school board cower if fear to any parent that complains about anything. Just last year we cut out the mile run and pull ups out of our fitness testing because “it makes kids feel bad about themselves” WTF because little Johnny is fat and out of shape and doesn’t want to put the effort into getting better, lets just have his d-bag parents threatening the school until he doesn’t have to do it. This is one example of many, many issues that are weakling this next generation and the country. It needs to stop

  6. Logan F. Crooks

    January 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Completely Agree. However, If someone has a tragic childhood and then makes it to the Olympics, their story is a little more awesomely heartwarming and amazing though.

    • Common Sense

      January 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Not unless that tragedy is a physical disability. I don’t care that xxxxxx person died, or that you were poor etc. I don’t. WORK HARD- that’s the only lesson.

  7. Brian

    January 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    The only way to reverse the trend is call bullshit when it happens and not be worried about what others may think of you. And always be looking for the person that is nodding their head when you do it. Maybe they’ll speak up next time because you did this time. Have their back.

    And its not just about kids self esteem, its about the lack of respect that they have for elders, people in authority, rules, etc. It’s not just that they don’t want to put out effort or work for anything, it’s that they think that they should still get whatever it is that they want. When I went to school some kids got bad grades, go figure, but I never once heard one of them say that they deserved a better grade. Back then kids at least understood that if you didn’t do the work and sucked on the test an F was what you got. Now parents don’t wonder what their kid did to get in trouble, they want to know how they kid was mistreated to cause them to act that way.

    I’m stopping now and getting a beer. Shit like this irritates me…

  8. sarge712

    January 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t think there is a fix short of a sustained national disaster like the Great Depression and a followup world war. I’ve heard it surmised, and I agree with it, that the Great Depression conditioned that upcoming generation to weather the hardships of WWII. Maybe that’s too simplistic of a view but I like it. I just don’t see anything short of a sustained shock to the system to return us to what works best. The US has had it too soft for too long and now we’re paying for it. I think we need the wolf at our door to keep us humble, sharp and hard.

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