How to Become Masters of Our Own Fate

The challenge of life is transforming ourselves from object to subject.

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(1) Anonymous, October 21, 2018 10:25 PM

Some of the examples you give are of people who did NOT overcome being an object, but who rather completely identified as a victim and used that identification to guide their further actions. Though a whistle-blower does, indeed, bring down an abuser, that in itself does not make him/her a 'subject'. Only if that former victim can now find another means of identification, an area of life in which he/she can act without the influence of that former state of victimhood, would I agree that he/she is finally being a subject. When people continue to base their decisions in many parts of their lives on past victimization, they continue to allow the victimizer to pull the strings. Yes, they may be helping others avoid similar victimization, but if that supplants or undermines any other life-goals they once had, then who is really in control of their lives? (obviously, a lot of emotional or psychological healing is needed to get beyond that point, but shouldn't that be the goal?)
Joseph did not 'blow the whistle' on his brothers, not then and not later; he did not allow his life-decisions to be determined by their mistakes. Instead, he continued to follow the dictates of his own conscience and paved his own path to holiness. He saw himself as a son of Jacob, and not as a victim of fraternal hatred or Egyptian evil. That is what made him a subject; not a focus on retribution.

 

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