Our national culture cultivates victims and feelings of victimhood.
Our society rewards victims, because it's good to help people who are downtrodden. However this causes some people to focus and amplify the victim-like aspects of themselves, because that's what's rewarded in our culture.
And furthermore, this makes the victims begin to refuse to see solutions. "You cannot make a man see a truth, when his salary depends on him not seeing it." Upton Sinclair once said. And if someone's livelihood, or their social standing, depends on their victimhood status, then they're unlikely to try and stop being a victim. If they fix the problem, and drop the victimhood narrative, then they've improved their mind, but they're not a victim anymore. So they lose all the things that status brought them. So people who might not otherwise regard themselves as a victim, are socially and financially rewarded for doing so in a culture that heavily focuses on rewarding victims.
Rewarding serious victims who need it is a good endeavor. But creating a mass culture of victim rewards creates a mass mindset of seeking ways to portray oneself as victim. Looking for ways that life has beat one up, looking for ways to feel dejected, looking for ways to paint what happened to them in the darkest light possible. And as a result our shared world gets a little more sad.
A lot of people are stuck in their victim narrative who don't need to be. It's time, culturally and individually, we stop feeling like the victims and instead solve the problems. We may lose our victim-status card, and the benefits that incurs, but wouldn't it be nice to see oneself as a victor rather than a victim? Wouldn't that mindset make solutions easier to see, and make yourself genuinely less self-defeating? Isn't it possible this victim mindset is being mass-engineered on a scale of billions of people through the media, because people who are self-defeating and don't think outside the box are easy to control?
Can you imagine if we all became fixers, instead of victims? Can you imagine what we could accomplish together?