“There are six billion humans on the Earth, and each of us carries a belief system that is reinforced by how we choose to see the world. Politics, economics, ethics, religion, and a myriad of information shape our beliefs. Being “right” keeps the belief system intact, no matter how “wrong” those beliefs might be to others. The only way you can maintain a victim stance is by not seeing the other side of things.
If you can put yourself in someone else’s life you might be very surprised at how much they feel like a victim, too. This does not mean you condone or accept their behavior, but it does mean you make an attempt to understand their points of reference. When you do, the gap closes, and you are less likely to walk around saying, “So-and-so is the reason I am who I am,” because chances are pretty good they are saying the same thing about you. So who is right? I could give you the answer, but searching it out for yourself might be a better idea.”
John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”
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