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QotD: America's Killers

America produces remorseless killers in bulk. One hundred years ago, Jack the Ripper riveted the attention of the Western world by doing away with five people. This culture would barely notice such modest exploits--so many have surpassed the quaintly amateurish Ripper that we cannot remember their names, much less their crimes. Squadrons of soulless assassins do not germinate by chance. These avenging Phoenixes arise from the neural wreckage of what once could have been a healthy human being.
--Lewis, Amini and Lannon, A General Theory of Love, p281

This quote out of context may be a little confusing but let me just say that this book explains why we have so many youth who can and do torture and kill other living beings. Without compunction. It has to do with a lack of proper limbic bonding in infancy, and the ensuing lack of development of the communal and familial mammalian brain. Our current cultural climate has everything to do with a multiple generation emphasis on success in the workplace at the expense of family and community, and it has everything to do with horrific parenting practices such as the (supposedly character-building) neglect espoused by Dr Spok.

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bloomingmom
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
but.... dr. spock espoused affection and went against the accepted norm of letting infants "cry it out" - stating that infants could not be spoiled by affection.
(some one sent me one of his parenting books, circa 1960ish)
liveonearth
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Dr Spock
Oh, I thought he was the guy that said to let them cry themselves to sleep! Who was THAT? And thanks for correcting me. =-]
bloomingmom
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr Spock
I think spock was pretty ground breaking in his assertions that infants and children should be respected as individuals and attended to when they cried. everyone else in the ummm..... 40's through to the 60's toed the strict, make'm toe a schedule/line, authoritarian parenting stuff. Not certain who originated the strict withdrawn parenting style- though in reading dickens i think that was the norm for a long while.
liveonearth
Jan. 19th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr Spock
Goodness what an awful norm.... Glad that we're headed the opposite direction now, though the effects of one couple's neglective/abusive parenting spills through generations....
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