Actively Chosen Helplessness
“If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you'll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it."
- Maya Angelou
Every abolitionist showed us that we decide to be free. Our victim culture has learned nothing from them and would gladly place shackles on themselves by professing to have no choice or control over their own minds.
The very belief that we cannot choose our mental state or our life outcomes is to believe we are subhuman and consequently enslave ourselves.
Instead, we can work to see ourselves as human, learning that pain is inevitable but that suffering is a choice. Non-stop anger or indignation is a choice. Helplessness is a choice. And in turn, embracing our humanity, we may choose action. We may combat inaction. We can choose to change. We can select gratefulness, contentment, and joy. We can strive for health. We can reach fitness. We will create destiny.
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