If I asked you to complete the above heading what would you say?
I think that most people will say Victims of Persecutors or Abusers.
The blameless and the blamed.
This seems to me to be a very simplistic and polarized view of the world, and one
that is ubiquitous in our media, social media, and society in general.
Now imagine if we changed it to Victims of Victims?
Where, instead of being the victim of an individual or group we were the victims of compromised systems and where people are simply part of these systems.
What would this mean?
Firstly it could mean that we stop trying to find someone to blame for our lot and maybe start to do something about it to change or create new & better systems. Less fallible systems. It could also mean that we help those that suffer the most because of these systems like the poor, minorities and displaced, instead of demonizing and blaming them for their lot, as is the way of some political systems.
I think it is time we stop seeing ourselves as victims of others but of the systems, traditions, political, legal and educational institutions that still need considerable improvement before we can safely say there are no more victims of victims.