Survivor Creep

Over at Quadrant, the skeptical doctor considers the modern-day phenomenon of playing the survivor in attempt to increase one’s moral standing.

This is not to deny that survivors in the modern sense may really have suffered, but it is not enough merely to have suffered: one must have suffered mightily, if possible as much as anyone has ever suffered. This is because suffering by itself now confers moral authority like nothing else, certainly not knowledge or good behaviour.

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