Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Quote of the Day:

Hecate reviews Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence, and offers her thoughts on the victim mentality versus the survivor mentality:
The urge to stay a victim is seductive. Our society favors victims, cosseting them and setting up well-funded groups to be their advocates. These groups depend on a steady supply of victims for their existence. Government and law enforcement officials also depend on a steady supply of victims to justify expanding their power and control over every aspect of subjects' citizens' lives.
Her comments on "stuck victims" are are interesting, too.


BryanP said...

Good review. I've got that sitting in the ever-growing "to be read" pile. I may have to move it higher in the pile.

Joseph said...

I didn't get as much out of the book as she did, I'm glad for her, but it just wasn't news to me I guess.

Joanna said...

The "stuck victim" thing reminds me of my dad and his parents - he was disabled in a car accident as a teen, and they literally thought his life was over. He's been struggling with it ever since.

Aaron said...

Rory also has a website, where he puts up his thoughts on a fairly consistent basis.

Rory's good people.