“A good law intends to reinforce morality for those who would act otherwise.
A bad law allows the immoral to act.”
Children are resilient and actually rely on adversity in life to learn and grow. Their parents need only guide and care for them as they innately supply, more than enough energy to thrive, with their own imagination, creativity and curiosity. It is through experiential learning that infants, shortly after birth, naturally develop a primitive construct which will ultimately become their lens through which they will see the world. Unwittingly, even the most conscientious of parents; provide their progeny with any number of shocking lessons that unconsciously become adopted as part of the belief system of the child’s developing psyche. We humans are physically and psychically wired for struggle, as that is how we learn and grow. The “Materialist” would point to the organism’s natural instinct for survival to explain this phenomenon. While this is an obvious aspect of this mechanism, as always in life, there is always a deeper and more meaningful corollary, for those who possess the eyes to see it.
When two adults willingly commit to each other, and as a result, bring a child into this world, they have entered into a sacred contract to foster and guide that little soul for the rest of their lives. Absent any significant negative consequences, societally, for an adult to commit a heinous act, the norm is for the “Norm”, to do so. As long as the action is considered acceptable (and even supported by its institutions) the less aware will act with little hesitation or remorse, if they think they can benefit in some way. “There is more than enough justification for the act, and the rules allow for it” and the act becomes miraculously justified.
“The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.”
In Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s, the Nazi party transformed their nation into something that we all recoil and shake our heads in disbelief when the thought comes into our consciousness. The outright brutality and horror that was slavery, was not only legal but the norm in the southern United States for hundreds of years. These obvious failures and countless others highlight that it’s not only individuals, but governments, societies, and even the worlds as a collective can accept travesties as the norm and easily justify the unjustifiable.
The collective shortening attention span of our nation has mirrored the increasing occurrence of ADD of its populace. As a result, it the Norm feels that their “needs” aren’t being met, it becomes obvious that there must be something they can do now, or perhaps someone they can blame for their discontent. As is the “norm”, they look outside themselves to remedy, what is always an internal problem. The Norm parrot wise quotes, from sages past or present or recite authoritative rules to justify their actions, but the Norm normally acts in their own self-interest. They need only look for justification, from what is acceptable and supported in their culture, and then sink, with little guilt, to the level that it allows them to. What is in their children’s best interest is of little import, the immediate relief from their internal strife trumps all reason and rightness.
And so today, the norm is to be noncommittal, externally based, superficially focused, and reliant on others to do our thinking and for provide us. This mindset is reinforcing a way of thinking and living that has been the demise of many great civilizations, and will unfortunately lead to the fall of ours. Life is lived in that 3 pound gelatinous mass lying between our ears, not in the material world, and certainly not in an unquestioned world presented to us by others. Accepting what is acceptable does not necessarily lead to the most edifying outcome, in fact it is the definition of stasis or death.