A chance meeting with two people who rose above horrific childhoods is a reminder that, ultimately, only victims themselves can overcome their injuries.
Other than the story about Lanny Davis and CNN — he lied, CNN lied, Davis recanted, CNN continues to lie — I haven’t found the last 24 hours of news either interesting or inspiring. What I have found interesting and inspiring is two people I met yesterday.
I won’t divulge the details of their lives, except to say that after truly horrific childhoods, followed by self-medication with substance abuse, they became Born-Again Christians and are now, by any metric, both exemplary citizens and people who have made a happy life for themselves. I admire them greatly.
One of the things they talked about was taking responsibility for themselves and making peace with those who had harmed them. What they understood was that, until they took ownership of their behaviors, they could never move forward and live the good lives both deserved.
It didn’t matter that evil, predatory people drove this couple to their self-destructive behaviors. Those bad people, even if they repented, were not going to be able to fix their victims. Their victims — that is, the couple I met — had to help themselves (which they obviously did).
The current trend among Leftists is that, after confessing on behalf of all white people’s bad behavior, they insist that the victims of that bad behavior have no obligation to remedy their own ills. Moreover, they insist that to suggest otherwise is a racist manifestation of the same bad behavior that harmed the victims in the first place. [Read more…]