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  •  Hannah... I agree its the human norm... (1+ / 0-)
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    but my take it is generally lost in our youth because of the control society attempts to exercise on our development, from that "well-organized" and supportive clan" that you describer. But my take on human history, at least for the past 3000 years, that militaristic clans set on dominating others has put human society basically into a sort of "martial law", which features control of everyone else by elites.  

    Nowhere is that control exercised with more fearful vehemence than the development of our youth, and in managing that development we project all our anxieties on them, including "breaking their will" so they can be "properly trained" to man the battlements in a world perceived to be full of enemies and other competitors.

    But as we continue to evolve as a species and are hopefully able to move beyond a world driven by fear, domination and control to one of love, partnership and facilitation, the need to suppress our young people's natural self-direction will wither way.

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles

    by leftyparent on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:59:52 AM PDT

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    •  History tends to be written by the verbose. (1+ / 0-)
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      The doers have less need to advertise, so even the architects of the wonders humans have wrought are often lost to us.

      Anyway, while abuse breeds abusive behavior towards someone else, how to account for Dubya or Willard or Rush? If anything, they were probably pampered in their youth but fear is still their familiar. I'm more inclined to think there's some sensory deficit which generates a wrong impression of their environment. So, their responses are false and they mess up and that's most frustrating.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:24:41 AM PDT

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