Today is July 18, 2016. We have experienced several weeks of unbelievable tragedy—Dallas TX where police officers were targets; Nice France where eighty plus innocent people were purposefully run over by a madman in a truck; and Baton Rouge LA where again police officers were ambushed.
These REAL victims are the result of people who have been convinced they are victims in life and now seek faux retribution. OK, that is a complicated sentence—what do I mean by it?
In my last blog, “Americans are Starving for Self-Esteem”, I argued that freedom is tied to the reputation we have with ourselves and that reputation is tied to how much we love and respect ourselves—real self love, not ego. My next blog was to be a description of tools one must develop in order to begin recognizing how this true self-respect evolves. The events of this past week, however, reveal the erosion to society that occurs when individual self-respect is subverted by malicious decades of greedy, but influential, non-leaders who have become personally wealthy by convincing large swathes of Americans that they are VICTIMS.
Who are these villains?
Where do we begin? There are so many. All the people who come to you; pander for your votes at election time; tell you how they are there for YOU, but really only want you to vote for them and then they dump you. It is kinda like the old singles scene where boy meets girl—tells her how beautiful she is and then as soon as she acquiesces to his wants, he drops her and forgets her until he has that itch again. In my years of counseling singles, I saw how this destroyed personal self-esteem. But multiply this kind of greed by the millions and see how city managers apply the same tactics. And then there are the really, really nasty folks like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who pretend to want to help black people when all they want is to use them—telling them they are looking out for their interest when in reality they enslave them to victimhood as they themselves wear beautiful Italian made, expensive suits and live on the wealth they derive from speeches and preaches. Oh, they could have done good things and maybe they started out to do so. However, as time went on, they merely told their followers that the impoverishment in their lives was someone else’s fault. What does it do to one’s self worth to feel hopeless and helpless?
The victims who are gunned down, run down or blown up by the angst and malfunctioning of those who are victims of manipulation, are to be mourned and given prayers. So too the manipulated victims who have been convinced that they are not unique and beautiful, need prayers. Learning how to love you; understanding yourself; accepting yourself is what self-esteem is all about. You can never love and accept another, if you first do not love and respect yourself. Also, until one develops an awareness and love of self, it is difficult to identify the agendas of those who will make you a victim.