The Living Force
Hildegarda said:I have also read Demause a while back and found his general tangent and the evidence, where he did have it, convincing. I do agree there was some progress in parenting throughout history. The other day I was struck by a realization that, as awful as it is, this is probably the best time ever to be a mother, or a child, simply because we no longer accept as a given that half of our babies will die in infancy. That alone is bound to change our parenting considerably. As for the modern hunter-gatherers or recent paleo societies, perhaps they aren't the best proxi for the ideal, pre-psychopathic paleo society that Laura writes about and we aspire to.
In Sharasia , James DeMeo, traces child abuse, war and social violence back about 6000 years. This includes such horrific practices as cranial deformation of children. He, mostly attributes this behavior to the desertification of the Middle East and Asia. A tougher environment making people meaner.
If we postulate the appearance of psychopaths maybe 12000 years ago the explanation of the world we see today is even clearer. The point being, the human world wasn't always like this. Psychopaths are a relatively recent phenomenon.
With most normal people being asleep the psychopaths have created a world in their own image.
I read some of Dave McGowan's stuff on the Dutroux cover-up a couple years ago. Horrifying, indeed. And the authorities that are supposed to protect children from these crimes instead protect the elite perpetrators. The really saddening aspect, this is occurring all over the world. My heart goes out to these poor kids. Those that should help them, instead, shield the monsters that do these things.
If it takes a cometary scouring to rid the world of this plague, I say bring it on.