posted on May, 14 2005 @ 04:20 AM
This issue extends farther than people are considering, for the most part...
What consitutes care? Would they have been legally protected if they had given aspirin? Would a doctors visit do the trick? An X Ray? What about
drugs, what if they had refused drugs? Therapy? Regular doctors visits? Isolation? A feeding tube?
What consitutes care, think about this...
If the government tells you to take a pill and give it to your kids, and you refuse, are you a criminal?
Think a few moves ahead and ask yourself, where is this going?
What power should the state have over children? What responsibility does the state have regarding our kids? Are our kids wards of the state, or
wards of the parents? The state already plays a huge role in directing the growth of most of this nation's children, through education, medical
attention, legislation, and in extreme cases incarceration.
Are they your kids, or the state's kids? If they're your kids, you're responsible for them, and if you're irresponsible, they suffer. If
they're the state's kids, they're responsible.
Here's the problem. When you are responsible for your childrens suffering, you are held accountable under the law and prosecuted. When the state is
responsible for a child's suffering, there is no accountability - they have a practically unlimited capacity for injuring children. Just look at
I know this issue is very hard to discuss rationally, but we have to look at the big picture.
Sex abuse of minors is a real problem, and I understand the need to intervene to prevent parents from choosing their children as mates. I wish people
were smart enough to know what to have sex with, but some aren't. This seems ludicrous, I know. Parents often beat their kids, and most of us see
that as wrong, and similarly ludicrous. Now the state is the defacto protector of the wellbeing and virginity of our children. Add onto that
education standards, mental illness diagnoses, and laws restricting homeschooling, and you have a state that tells you whether or not your child can
learn something, and in fact, tells you what they must learn. Then you go to the doctor, the state has rules about what medications and treatments
are allowed for children, so the state is the primary decision maker in the health of your child.
So what the hell does the parent do? Chauffer? Chef?
And to the issue of child sex abuse, I think it's probably been an issue all throughout our evolutionary history. I think a huge contributing factor
is the tendency of human societies to engage in patterns of serial monogamy, which leaves a lot of frustrated people on the sidelines. If this issue
was adressed with education regarding the motivation behind our actions, I think real change could be accomplished. Maybe not, maybe we just have
created unreasonable expectations with clever illusions of civility.