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Re: Agression: nature or nurture
Bob Smith raises an interesting issue.
I don't believe that agression is inborn. A toddler may grab another
toddler's toy, but he won't try to gouge his/her eyes out. A child who's
taught to use words, not fists, will not become an agressive brat.
Agression is learned, starting at home
Children are taught respect for others by seeing and hearing their parents
and teachers respect others. Respect is not taught by spanking. Spanking
only teaches children that hitting is a solution, and that big people can
hit smaller people.
Right now there's a pervasive climate of bullying, starting with the "lean
and mean" global economic system. The drivers of boom cars are bullies.
> From: Bob Smith <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Progress!
> Date: September 29, 1997 7:06 PM
> I took the week end off!
> And when I came back,
> to hyperspace,
> I found PROGRESS! You guys are really cooking!
> Visions of Oedipal conflict came to my mind whilst tramping up the
> mountain in a steady rain. We may be dealing with primal aggression
> based on the original Oedipus archetype. Way back in the tribal days,
> European fathers tried to kill off their sons so that the father could
> keep all the females to himself, and the sons tried to kill the fathers
> so he could get the females: all of them! The women watched, horrified
> as one might expect, while knowing in their archetypal minds that soon
> all the hoopla would go away and the best man would be left.
> This primal aggression seems to be manifesting itself in the form of
> noise. Anonymous-feeling persons of Generation X, reduced to the state
> of nothingness (NIN=Now I'm Nothing) by the stress of entering a culture
> that is economically restrictive (and hence, culturally repressive), is
> expressing a primal rage against the amorphous transcendental phallus of
> our established social order. The only thing they can do is yell their
> anger, and that is what boom cars do, they yell angry messages of hate
> because nothing has changed: old males still hold all the power, and the
> young males still want it.
> Legislation may be a stop gap measure to provide some sorely needed
> relief in the worst areas, but we will be treating a symptom. If we ban
> boom cars the problem will certainly manifest itself in other forms,
> hopefully quieter forms, but possibly far more destructive, more
> violent. Just take a look at http://www2.incom.net/ninteach/
> As much as I love being a free wheeling wannabe capitalist, I keep
> coming back to this pressure cooker we call culture. 200 years ago
> capitalism was state of the art, and white males held ALL the power. Now
> we're dealing with 200+ year-old economics, and white males hold just
> about the same amount.
> Conclusions? We either need another good old fashioned shooting war to
> let those noisy kids get their aggressions out on those nasty red
> devils, or maybe we just need a new economic system with a new doctrine
> of human rights specifying procreation limits.
> Don't let me throw a damp towel over things, though.
> If there's a river we'll dam it.
> If there's a tree we'll ram it.
> We're making real progress here!
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