There seems to be a perception in society today that you must be damaged – you must be a victim in some way - otherwise you are an oppressor. It is almost looked down upon to be a child who is part of a conventional family, raised by a loving mother and father who are still married, and has been fortunate to receive a good education and opportunities.
In the 1950’s people strove to achieve the American dream, which many perceived to encompass getting married, starting a family, buying a home and having a steady job. People who took risks and achieved success where held in esteem. Happiness was left to each individual’s choice, be it truck driver, doctor, entrepreneur or engineer.
The 1950’s version of the American dream is now depicted by some as that of racist white privilege that should be replaced by victim-hood. Pity transcends pride and retribution for the past wrongs replaces individual achievement.
Why is it that when you achieve success that had its roots from love, family and opportunity that you should be discontent? That somehow your success was only made possible on the backs of the oppressed.
Despite much political rhetoric to the contrary, America is still the most open, tolerant, fair, free and prosperous nation on the planet and in all of recorded history. Let us reject the voices that declare victory for victim-hood and rejoice that, today, we still can dream our tomorrow and make it a reality.