Toxic Narratives

There’s been some recent discussion here about Quentin Tarantino and his idiotic, fallacious statements about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown/Darren Wilson tragedies, along with other malicious lies he’s made about police.

One thing I think we should be clear about; Quentin Tarantino is not dumb. He’s not uninformed. He’s not even misinformed. He is a very wealthy man with more access to more “stuff” than all here. He can be as informed as he chooses to be. He can know as much about any subject as he chooses. He is choosing to continue to spread lies about George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson and others. He is choosing to promote hatred and harm to them and their reputations, even though evidence indicates both men were acting in defense of their own lives. It is a true tragedy that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown died as the result of a foolish, impetuous act made with little to no forethought. They did not “deserve” to die based on those decisions, but they made very poor decisions in situations where lives were on the line, and they were overpowered.

Does this mean Quentin Tarantino is a bad Director?

A bad writer? No. People are complex. Many famous people who did wonderful things for humanity were lousy parents and/or spouses. People change. People grow. People have varied interests. But it does mean he is showing himself to be a malicious person, willing to harm others who have already been tremendously harmed. Why? I have no idea. But it is not because he does not have access to the correct information involving these and other instances of police*/civilian interaction. We should not excuse his opinions based on how he was raised, or the industry he works in, etc. He is an adult and he has chosen to speak out as an expert on this topic. If he did not inform himself adequately prior to speaking he has only himself to blame.

Unfortunately, similar behavior is becoming more common among the rich, wealthy and powerful.Hillary Clinton seems to sincerely believe she and her husband were poor when they left the White House. Donald Trump sincerely seems to believe his father’s $100M loan was a pittance. Michelle Obama sincerely seems to believe her admittance to Columbia, Harvard and quick matriculation through law apprenticeship and a cushy, high paying job in the Chicago Hospital system were opportunities available to all, and she faced persecution every step of the way.

So, people are self-centered fools. What else is new, Rufus? Well, the reason I think this matters is because this is becoming a popular stance of successful, public figures. Most of our young people are formed and informed by popular and political culture and I notice a trend among teens and twenty year-olds to compete for who has created the most compelling narrative of how much persecution they have suffered. Make no mistake, the explosion of “micro-aggressions” and other grievances is a direct result of this.

The true tragedy is that our nation likely has as many successful, humble, hard-working, self-made men and women as it has always had and they have compelling, inspiring narratives that have led them to overcome tremendous difficulties and help themselves and others.

Narratives matter. Narratives are important. It’s a bit cliche’d, but we can all probably discuss every decade of the last century with a few, simple adjectives to describe the American people in that decade. Until the ’70s, most all those adjectives would reflect hard work, sacrifice, industriousness, community, family… The society Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Obama and others want to build is toxic and very harmful to the young. I have little tolerance for people who harm children. I pray that the young of our nation ignore their whining messages of perceived persecution and notice the thousands of humble, hard-working people living to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

*Yes, I know George Zimmerman was not a policeman, but Tarantino has lumped him in with his cause.

21 comments to Toxic Narratives

  • Rufus

    Based on the comments, this was obviously the post that didn’t need to be written.

    • You posted it two hours ago. Man, talk about impatient.

    • Welcome to my world, Rufus! :-)

      There’s a lot of truth in your post. Our society has gotten so warped by the institutionalized left pitting one group against another that we’re all in a race to see who’s the biggest victim. It’s easy to fall prey to that victim mentality because life’s difficult for everybody, and it’s very easy to blame those difficulties on some other group that society has preprogrammed you to dislike. It’s a basic flaw of human nature: ask any bully or person that discriminates against someone else, and they’ll eventually tell you that they are actually the victims, righting some imaginary wrong done to them. And making yourself a victim is so much easier than taking responsibility for your own well-being.

      I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I was very overweight for most of my childhood. I spent many years blaming everyone and everything around me for my weight: genetics, health problems I’d had when I was younger, my parents for making unhealthy food available, and so on. I saw myself as a victim. And I obsessed over the fact that other people didn’t “accept me as I am”, rather than focus on fixing the problem. And the thing is, being a victim is strangely comforting. It feels good to know that you don’t bear any responsibility for your problems, that you don’t have to step up to fix them, and that you’re morally superior to all the people that are conspiring to lay them on you. It’s like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of bullshit.

      It was only after I got my head right and realized that the only one responsible for my weight was myself, that I started doing the work and lost the weight. And I’m not saying my experience compares with the BLM movement’s, I’m just saying I understand where the mentality comes from. We all face the temptation to make ourselves into victims – as you say, even the rich and powerful see themselves that way. (I am quite sure Obama does, which is why he continues to demonize so many Americans.)

      • Rufus

        Well stated, and no, I don’t recall your ever sharing the third paragraph with us, but I’m impressed with what you have done!

        Regarding the second paragraph; Yes. It amazes me when I hear Michelle Obama gripe about the hardships in her life. I grew up within miles of where she did and had nowhere near the opportunities she had. While I was matriculating through grammar school, high school and college it never once occurred to me that anyone other than me was to blame for what I was doing with my life. It is a true tragedy people like her never see the good others have done for them and the gifts they have been given.

  • Well stated, Rug! Off to Tweet to Mr. Tarantino so he can choose to reflect or (foolishly) ignore it.

  • Appropriate companion piece

    …that light only shines in the darkness. For without such darkness, no radiance would ever manifest.

    It is meaningless to be just if there is no injustice. It is meaningless to be chaste if there is no lust. It is meaningless to be kind when there is no cruelty. It is meaningless to be forgiving when there is no sin. A wise and cultured person does not fall limp before the harsher realities of the world, but bears them with equanimity, and in doing so, shows forth the riches of his soul.

    • Can’t be called a victim if you don’t allow it — amen, amen, amen. Again I say, amen! Face the face, win the race!

    • Rufus

      So you’re defending the motus operandi of the guy who claims he is a demon that JimmyC wrote about?

      • Need I remind one, and all, that we judge the message and not the messenger.

        Galatians 1:

        6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

        The “demon” dude is to be pitied for his beliefs, but if he stumbles into some truth, it is still true.

      • Magnus Caseus Formatis

        Not to belabor a point; but, I think it’s “modus operandi.”

  • What Rufus describes is becoming more and more common because people are directing inward. They look on social media and elsewhere for like minded individuals and things that reinforce their beliefs. School used to teach critical thought process, but if you do that today it’s called a microaggression. It has gotten to where you can’t have a rational calm discussion with two opposing points of view. This is exacerbated by the 24 hour news cycle’s need to make everything a “thing”…Idiocracy, it’s a real thing.

  • kishke

    He’s a typical liberal shmuck. What more need be said?

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