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  •  Well, if children are a burden (which they are) (3+ / 0-)
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    and there is no communal help, then it makes sense for parents to exact some gratification for themselves in the form of coerced psychological subservience.
    In more primitive societies, parents could count on the labor of their off-spring to compensate them for their investment of labor and time in their rearing and development. Of course, when average life expectancy was 35, the compensatory work period was fairly short. Parents died before they were much of a burden.
    Why is it that "not being a burden" is such a common concern? Is it because we are not in the habit of recognizing that our own rearing has created an obligation which needs to be repaid, either to the next generation or the last?

    Yes, children are entitled to be nurtured. Nevertheless, that entitlement or those rights come with an obligation to give back. Of course, if a person doesn't have a sense of time as a linear progression, giving back is probably impossible to understand, especially if there is no memory of having got.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:43:42 AM PST

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