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“Better to stand ten thousand sneers than one abiding pang, such as time could not abolish, of bitter self-reproach.”—Thomas De Quincy (1822)

 

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Without this rousing faith, too many losers would have too many excuses, and even legitimate excuses have a price.

 

 

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“God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.  Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next—Amen.”—REINHOLD NIEBUHR

“Almighty and merciful God, by the power of the Holy Spirit you raised Jesus Christ, your Son, from death and filled him with new and abundant life.  Then, in accordance with your loving plan, you sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples at Pentecost, that by his mighty gifts they might be joined to the Risen Lord in his Body, the Church.  By a fresh outpouring of the Spirit’s gifts give new life to the Church in Boston this Pentecost.  We beg that the Spirit will bring healing to the victims of clergy sexual abuse and their families.  We pray that the Spirit will warm the hearts of those whose faith has been weakened by this scandal.  We ask that the Spirit will bestow mercy and repentance on the abusers.  We earnestly desire that the Spirit will renew and reform the whole Church in the likeness of Christ.  Fill every member of the Church with holiness so that, working together as the Body of Christ, we might be built up in faith, hope and love [The original Greek word for “love” in “faith hope and love,” sometimes translated as “charity,” was agápè, meaning unconditional love.] in order to proclaim the Gospel with joy.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.”—CARDINAL BERNARD LAW, a novena for his flock to keep their hearts too warm for them to become resentful about the molestations.

“When sixty-nine-year-old actress Viveca Lindfors was slashed in the throat by a man wielding a razor in the streets of New York City in early 1990, she received twenty-seven stitches to close the wound, then proceeded on to her planned poetry reading and expressed sympathy for her attacker, who was later arrested.  Certainly there are others who, in Lindfors’s place, would have been debilitated by the event.  The critical factor was not what happened but the victim’s preexisting mental health and attitude....  If you were fondled at an early age by a close friend or family member, you may actually have enjoyed the experience.  Simply because your therapist or self-help group interprets an incident as molestation does not mean that you ever felt abused.  (Often molestation is identified on the basis of the perpetrator’s arousal alone, and the ‘victim’ may not even have been aware that anything unacceptable was taking place.)  And if you never felt abused, it’s highly unlikely that your victimization caused you any lasting scars....  But remember that the goal of recovery is to interpret your past experiences so that you can go on to lead a normal, healthy life.  Adopting the survivor/victim role as a badge of courage—regardless of how severely you were victimized—will not enable you to reach this goal.”—The Codependency Conspiracy, by Dr. Stan J Katz & Aimee E. Liu  (Yet this same chapter also says, “Assuming comparable and relatively minor physical injuries, a soldier who is shot during a foreign war [which says nothing about whether he should fear those at home] is less likely to suffer permanent emotional distress than the target of a drive-by shooting in her own neighborhood [which says plenty about whether she should be optimistic or pessimistic about her own future],” so maybe the feelings about these past experiences aren’t just resentments about past history.)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”—Jesus, Matthew 5:43-48


 

 

 

he Following Links Go Into The Defining Characteristics of Victim Correction as a Panacea:

 This is how the ideal American faces his own problems.—“This Isn’t Absolute Power.”

 

 

What would have seemed unacceptable before the Reagan/Thatcher era, seems acceptable now, as reflected in Enron’s proud Visions and Values.—“Helplessness Isn’t Tyranny.”

 

 

Absolutely, it’s the victim’s welfare that’s at stake, so personal responsibility goes absolutely to the victim; form follows function.—“Social Darwinism Protects.

It’s psychoanalysis for the sinners, cognitive therapy for the victims.—“The Sinners Aren’t Re-Engineered, So Someone Has to Be.”

Our natural senses seem untrustworthy.—“Our Natural Opinions Are Too Maladjusted.”

The worse that a problem is, the more important it is that the victim take response-ability.—“You’ve Got a Lot to Take Care Of, You Whiny Loser.  You Must Understand.”

Such absolutisms would score high on a fatalistic version of the F-Scale.—“Strength of Character Means Stolid.”

If critical thinking were allowed, the responses to the following would show the panacea paradigm.—“Do You Really Want That?

 

 

“Whatever springs from weakness” was how Nietzsche defined evil.—“The Hidden Nature of Man.”

This is put in very uplifting terms.—“Victim Correctors Only Want Addicts’ Kids, Etc., to Be More Self-Efficacious, Serene, Etc.

This is as absolutist and unreasonable as each situation dictates, since reality and what it takes to deal with it, aren’t always moderate and reasonable.—“NOTHING CAN LIMIT HOW MUCH ALL THIS COULD AFFECT YOU.

 

Its roots in cultural norms can be seen in its character.—“Depression Is the Only Dread Disease of Which Many of the Causes Seem Sacrosanct.

 

All this is often referred to as “self-help,” since the whole idea is for victims to solve their own problems by helping themselves.—“Power Does Matter.

You can see some very consistent absolutism and dichotomous thinking.—“The Only Things that Really Matter Are the Victims’ Serenity and Courage.”

For the weak one to play the victim role, is far more likely to seem unpragmatic mollycoddle and unforgiving, than it is for the strong one to do the same.—“Strong People Resentfully on the Defensive, Like Gun Nuts, Aren’t Whiny.”

This is then accepted as the norm, and moderation seems heretical.—“Whatever Deviates Is Deviant.”

The corrections that victim correction tries to make piecemeal would, if made in their sum total, seem very offensive—“Making the Political, Personal.”

 

 

Both how victims think and how they act could be planned by this.—“Something Very Vital is Missing.”

Such expectations are glaringly unapologetic.—“No One Has an Inalienable Right to Endurability.

This would naturally distort anyone’s perceptions and thoughts, in a way that follows the same patterns as the absolutistically victim-self-blaming, cognitive distortions of modern Western depression.—“The Threshold of Human Endurance.”

Such allocation of responsibility is then backed up in basically three ways.  The first is that for the victim to take response-ability for his own welfare is pragmatic and objective, since he’s the one with the most reliable motivation.—

         We must motivate people to win, not whine.

 

 

The second is based on what seems honorable versus dishonorable.—“The New Manipulation.”

The third is based on Christian forgiveness, which in the Bible is commanded in very absolutist, all-or-nothing, unforgiving terms.—“Unconditional Self-Reliance Is Most Forgiving.”

All three of these, by definition, are explicitly absolutist.—“Reality & Appearances Don’t Make Allowances.”

 

 

All three of these create a double standard in how aggressively and intolerantly, victims as versus victimizers are scrutinized and found wanting.—“Übermenschen Get the Benefit of the Doubt.

Orwellianisms are typical.  Afro-American street slang for victim-blaming is “The Flip Game.”—“If You Care, You’re Bad.”

Victim correction when abused looks like sociopathy or addictive personalities, which isn’t surprising when you consider that the main influence on modern self-help, were the ex cathedra statements from the founders of AA, as recorded in their Big Book.

        If Addicts Can’t Control Themselves, Don’t Let Them Control You.

Since the self-help of victim correction as a panacea is greatly shaped by AA and its Big Book, which is copyright 1939, the coping strategies that this had to involve, were the strategies needed to cope with the Great Depression.

         When the Great Depression Was the Reality to Adjust To.”

 

 

Labels regarding how self-reliant someone is or isn’t, are based on these standards.—“Everybody Loves a Winner.”

Other casuistry would likely be involved, too.—“Just Ignore the Rampant Depression, and It Will Go Away.”

The victims would get blamed when this doesn’t work in resolving the problems inside of the victims if not outside in the material world.—“All Must Take Care of Themselves.”

A panacea, after all, is something that could cure potentially anything.—“Reality Requires a Fail-Safe Cure.”

“I can’t change this” makes wrong, so might makes right.—“Only Strength Is Material.”

Women are the most likely targets, since the powerless need more self-empowerment.—“Cherchez la Femme.”

Whether intellectual or anti-intellectual, one should be able to understand skepticism of anything with a rate of 20% of the population having mood disorders and 25%, anxiety disorders.—“Something Very Vital Is Still Missing.”

 

 

Working toward a goal of endurability.—“Should Seem Only Natural

Epilogue—Cancer Victims Corrected, Too

 

 

 

 

       

 

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Cancer Victims Corrected Too

The Main Victim Correction as a Panacea

 Documentation On the Social Problem of Unnaturally Rampant Depression

 Standard Rationales for Victim Correction as a Panacea

 Schopenhauer on Predators

 Emphasis on Victim-Self-Blaming

Darwinist Lehman Brothers’ INSIDE Sales Tips

Darwinist Lehman Brothers’ INSIDE Introduction to Management Book

Out of the Same Mold as the Great Crash of 2008

Message for Intellectuals in the Islamic World

Candace Newmaker’s Experience

Breaking Important Confidences for Your Own Good

A Glimpse Into the Soul of Victim Correction

Cigarette Industry and Victim Correction

Niebuhr’s Ideas on Our Nature and Destiny

Herbal Experiences for Women

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