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  •  And to answer your question (2+ / 0-)
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    Empty Vessel, Avilyn

    "Why some teenage boys think cruelty is funny," it's clearly a combination of things. For one, teenage boys don't think about the long-term consequences of their decisions. At least not in the way adults do. I can assure you that at 16, I'd have been largely unable to reflect on the event (even after the fact), they way I'm able to at 27.

    It's one part brain biology, one part life experience. There exists a disconnect with true cause and effect. I'm certain that in my friend's mind, the thought was, "let me shoot this paintball at this car and it will be funny." I can assure you, him not otherwise showing psychopathic tendencies in the decade since, that his thought was not, "I think I will do this thing that will cause this old woman trauma now and in the future."

    That's almost assuredly something that he would think about now.

    There's a reason we hold juveniles to a lower standard of culpability. In the past, we've done so because we had this feeling it was the right thing to do. Lately, we've done so because the science tells us a not fully formed prefrontal cortex leads people to do things they wouldn't do as grown-ups. It's why 16-year olds can't buy pistols. We recognize that in the absence of adult decision-making faculties, a child can do dangerous things he wouldn't otherwise do. That's not to say that harm won't be done with non-deadly weapons, as we clearly demonstrated.

    Of course, that's about 4 miles from the thrust of the diary. I'd encourage you to look past your clearly demonstrated sense of moral outrage against me and my friends (which has been noted for the record, in case there is a moral arbiter out there looking to give you strokes) to the bigger point made in this diary.

    Because this has the potential to be a full-force derail.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:33:01 PM PST

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    •  I don't think discussing the subject ... (1+ / 0-)
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      that half your diary concerned itself with will "derail" it, but having commented upon it, I'll now leave you in order that you may further the discussion you seek.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:01:01 PM PST

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