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Victim Olympics
30 May, 2015
There are many abhorrent trends in the world today, too many to list all in one go. The fabric of civilized societies is being eroded from both outside and within – in such a variety of ways that, if not for computers, one would need tons upon tons of paper to catalog them. But few among them are as toxic
and destructive as the overwhelming push for “equality.”

“Equality of opportunity was, in a way that would make Marx shed a tear of joy, transformed into equality of outcome: everyone must be equal regardless of their merit.”

Equality doesn’t sound bad on paper: everyone is given an opportunity to compete and succeed; the law isn’t biased against anyone; nobody has rights that overrule those of others, and so on. However, you will notice that all these tenets can be attributed to the principle of meritocracy as well – everyone is given the same launch pad, and it is only up to them how far up they will be able to fly. However, due to efforts of the sinister minds that founded the infamous Frankfurt School, this entire concept was twisted beyond recognition. Equality of opportunity was, in a way that would make Marx shed a tear of joy, transformed into equality of outcome: everyone must be equal regardless of their merit.
When an attempt was made to integrate this “equality” into policies of European countries, many of which already had significant social safety nets and open-minded outlooks, a monster was born. And much like a child with a severe congenital deformity, it has almost immediately devolved to its basic function – which, in this case, was purely Marxist class warfare, with the only difference being replacement of classes by social groups.

“As a result, the society becomes filled with toothless, effete, pampered creatures, unable to rise to the challenges of the unforgiving world and carve a place in it for themselves. Their inability to survive in the environment that does not ceaselessly cater to their whims inevitably leads them to demand special rights, state protection and further pampering, thus perpetuating the cycle. If Kurt Vonnegut were alive right now, he would most likely consider suicide; it is probably a good thing the poor guy did not live to see his Harrison Bergeron become reality.”

Today’s Western societies resemble the Round Table, except now seats have shackles, and the table itself is a platform not for fraternity and discussion, but for petty vengeance for real or imaginary grievances. Groups of people who consider themselves “oppressed” now rail against those whom they consider “privileged.” In this case, “oppression” amounts to failure to play the meritocracy game due to lack of desire or ability; this is subsequently attributed to a massive conspiracy of “the privileged.” This, in turn, gives birth to a massive inferiority complex and a desire to drag everyone down to the lowest common denominator so that no one feels pinched. To put it roughly, we now have rejects, misfits and madmen trying to destroy the successful, the smart and the reasonable in order to more easily cope with their own failure to compete.
This attack is supported and augmented by the state, which was swiftly co-opted by the aforementioned subversives for their purpose: progress is punished and failure is lauded. The trend reveals itself as early as kindergarten – competition between children is discouraged, any games or exercises that involve rankings are discarded, and displays of superior intelligence or ability are denounced as unfair. In the meanwhile, smiling indoctrinators masquerading as teachers ceaselessly hammer the idea of everyone being a winner and a special snowflake into the young minds.
As a result, the society becomes filled with toothless, effete, pampered creatures, unable to rise to the challenges of the unforgiving world and carve a place in it for themselves. Their inability to survive in the environment that does not ceaselessly cater to their whims inevitably leads them to demand special rights, state protection and further pampering, thus perpetuating the cycle. If Kurt Vonnegut were alive right now, he would most likely consider suicide; it is probably a good thing the poor guy did not live to see his Harrison Bergeron become reality.
But apparently, not even the Round Table with fetters and chains was enough for some. Exemplars of modern society do not try to rise to prominence through their achievements or feats; instead they trample over each other, kicking and screaming, in a desperate struggle for attention. And in a society where success is looked down upon, attention is given to those who make the biggest victim of themselves. So now we have a whole slew of “sufferers” running around screeching at the top of their lungs about how oppressed they are. Some of them have gone as far as becoming professional victims, inventing new forms of oppression whenever the old wells go dry and monetizing their supposed victimhood by begging for sympathy handouts from bleeding-heart pansies. Feminists have become especially proficient at this, accruing significant sums of money by doing nothing but finding generous shoulders to cry about “the patriarchy” on.
This pathetic cause has, of course, quickly become institutionalized, resulting in gender quotas, racial quotas, sexual orientation quotas, religious quotas and so on. It no longer matters whether someone is competent, smart or resourceful – all he/she needs to do is cry loudly enough for a handout to be on its way. Ironically enough, these handouts come from taxpayer money collected from the very people the numerous “victim groups” hate: working-class men, nuclear families raising earnest children, successful small and medium businesses that flourished despite the cut-throat environment, etc. Much like in Aesop’s fable of The Walnut Tree, the ungrateful enjoy eating the fruit the tree bears, but use sticks, stones and other violent methods to knock them off it. One can only wonder what will happen when the tree withers.
Thankfully, this poison has not reached Georgia so far due to strong and millennia-old traditionalist structure of its society, but tendrils of it are slowly creeping in. Already we can see the emergence of various “whinorities” proclaiming that they were/are victims of oppression and demanding things to be changed in their favor. The pattern is already known: If their demands are satisfied, they will come up with new ones, and the cycle will continue ad infinitum. It falls to every single upstanding Georgian citizen to make sure that the only thing these subversive creatures are given is a finger.

Author: Zura Amiranashvili

The iconic Monty Python scene captures the modern “strong, empowered and independent” individual perfectly.
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