Victim Through Habit

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Every habit man has so far acquired has a long history behind it. Some habits are skin deep like polite manners; others are deep-seated like willing submission to conscience. However, these habits can at times lead us to be unintentional victims. “Habit rules the unreflecting herd,” as stated by William Wordsworth shows how one can effortlessly be subdued by prevailing groups. On the other hand, “Habit rules the unreflecting mind,” shows how someone can be subservient to ones own unconscious actions. Whether one succumbs to the habits of a herd or the mind, the end result is the victimization of oneself.

It is easy to become a victim within the influence of a herd, especially when someone is seeking the goal of obtaining reassurance. This is a goal that one does not pursue privately, but rather together with members of an intimate body. This lies in the recognition of a fundamental human longing for a sense of membership or belonging. An individual gains this sense of belonging and unity once the habits of the herd are learned. These habits become ritualistic, and second nature, to the point that certain actions can be done without much thought. The same can be said for habits involving ones own mind. Whether it be a good or bad habit you can fall victim to your own habitual actions.

Once a person conforms to these habits they can have a positive affect on an individual; however, it can also have a negative affect on the individual and those around them. The positive affects of adapting to these habits are that it fosters health, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships. Conversely, the negative effects can include losing your independence and ability to make your own rational decisions. Since habits often tend to be bad, this results in our own victimization and possibly the victimization of those around you who are negatively affected by your habitual actions.

“The Man Who Was Put In a Cage,” by Rollo may is a prime example of an authoritative...
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