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Time for a Great Cartoon: Studying and Victimhood

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-45-22-pm“Self-esteem” is a tricky concept, isn’t it?  For Calvin, it appears to mean thinking highly of himself despite any evidence to the contrary.

His teacher — bless her heart! — is always trying to get Calvin to work harder, to put in the effort, to actually STUDY!

But, alas, all Calvin does is come up with more excuses — well-worded excuses, no doubt — but excuses!  His claim to “victimhood” would be laughable if it were not true for some today.

Blaming others, refusing to accept personal responsibility, expecting the world to cater to your whims — these are subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) signs of a culture which no longer values hard work, genuine humility, or gratitude for those who try to instill such virtues in us.

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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in victimhood


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Time for a Great Cartoon: Victimhood

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Classic Watterson!  What a great line — “Your denial of my victimhood is lowering my self-esteem!”  You’ve got to hand it to Calvin’s teacher — she says the right things!  In another cartoon, Calvin says something like, “I hate it when she drinks Maalox right from the bottle!”

Learning to take responsibility for my actions, choices, decisions, priorities — is a pretty good definition of MATURITY, don’t you think?

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in victimhood


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Time for a Great Cartoon: Calvin & Hobbes on Victimhood

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Posted by on July 30, 2016 in victimhood


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (Victimhood)

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My, how Calvin can make excuses! But he is an accurate reflection of many Screenshot 2016-01-24 16.35.44of us. We want to blame others for our lack of motivation, work, accepting responsibility. I found a great deal of help from John Boykin’s book The Gospel of Coincidence.  Here’s one quote where Boykin critiques the viewpoint that suggests we are victims in decision-making. “My favorite absurdity comes from a renowned historian who, describing the origins of World War I, wrote that `planning for war assumed its own momentum until 1914, military expediency dominated the decision-making process, and war declared itself.’!   Whatever happens is the direct result of decisions people make and things people do. Decisions affecting your circumstances are not necessarily all made by you, by anyone available for you to argue with, by anyone recently, or by any one person alone — but they are all made by people. And groups of people are nothing but people, whether they are a congress, a mob, or a refreshments’ committee.” (The Gospel of Coincidence, p. 23)

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Posted by on April 17, 2016 in victimhood


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (victimhood)

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My, what a poor view of life Calvin has!  His mind is laser-quick in blaming others, in focusing on his “self-esteem,” at ignoring his teacher’s best advice:  WORK HARDER!  What are you working hard at?


Posted by on June 29, 2015 in victimhood


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CARTOON MONDAY! Culture of victimhood?

1. How do we contribute to a “culture of victimhood” in our Christian churches?
2. How do the spiritual disciplines (studying Scripture, meditating, silence, etc.) provide a remedy to such sad excuse-making?


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