After getting a small cut or bruise, a child will often parade in front of a parent to demand consideration. “I’ve been hurt, look and pay attention to me! Care for me!” In other words, being injured entitles one to special care. The pain is coveted and protected to be used to influence others.

Adults don’t usually ask for sympathy due to slight injuries. But many supposedly advanced or woke individuals have retained a child-like tendency to be hyper-sensitive to imagined slights or so called microaggressions. This increases the likelihood of feeling offended and, in turn, a belief that one is entitled to sympathy. Any belief about another that is not held by the person themselves is deemed unethical. Here’s an example of an imagined insult from a Harvard Business Review article: “You’re so articulate.” This is taken to mean the person did not expect the other to be articulate. So even compliments are hurtful. Someone has given a gift but for the wrong reason. But a gift of soap or cosmetics does not usually mean the giver finds the recipient dirty or ugly.

Great sensitivity to slights leads to what is called narcissistic injury. For example, the narcissist can become enraged if the other person looks away from them for a moment or asks them to repeat what they just said. The narcissist believes that they are not being attended to properly. An increasing number of people want the world to revolve around their own beliefs about themselves. Even if those beliefs are false. Yes, there has been prejudice in the past. But the current woke sensitivity to microaggression is often uncalled for and troubling.