Why Privilege can be a Curse

March 13, 2018

Check your privilege' posters at UOIT in Oshawa
Check your privilege' posters at UOIT in Oshawa
 
I don't need to go into too much detail about the influx of the 'privilege' movement and it's abhorrence, whether you be an able-bodied, Christian, hetero white male (or as some would deem you, the anti-Christ) and in the thick of it, or someone who doesn't have said privilege but is still enraged at this attitude where we are meant to feel ashamed of ourselves. 

In a nutshell, there is a movement where people who aren't a minority are told to 'check your privilege, in that you should appreciate how you have it better than everyone else. It goes to the extreme via Black Lives Matter where you're told: 
 
2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way. 
 
Playing the devil's advocate, let's assume for argument's sake that privilege is real. Here's the problem. 

Many of the most successful people in the history of mankind come from struggle. They are often poor, hungry, desperate and born into bad fortune. So they are forced to rise up and dream big, and fight as hard as they can to achieve great things, which they often do. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves and make excuses as to why they've been dealt a poor card in life compared to their neighbour, they choose to make an effort and to rise above their shortcomings to make a life for themselves. This is a great way to lead a life, and because of it, we today have people like Jim Carrey who was homeless, Benjamin Franklin who's parents couldn't afford school, Richard Branson who was dyslexic, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Schultz, Sylvester Stallone, The Rock, the list goes on and on. 
One of the main reasons as to why these people are so successful is because they came from nothing, they weren't born into their positions, they were hungry and had to fight, and they were hungry purely because they wanted something they didn't have. They wanted to leave their life better than how they started. Imagine if Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to not pursue bodybuilding or acting or politics and his charity and philanthropic causes because he was born poor and without privilege? Funnily enough, the people we see often as huge failures are those born into wealth and privilege, who don't have any hunger or drive because they have whatever they want, and often spiral into depression and a lewd life of drugs and alcohol-related dependancies.  

It seems clear that it would be wiser to ditch any idea of privilege and use the cards you were dealt with as fuel for a formidable and successful life. 

Leave a comment

Enlist