[LMB] [LMB ]Start of morals? was Writers and moral problems

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Sep 3 23:34:25 BST 2021

On Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:34:31 +0000, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com>

>tidsel <egern at protonmail.com> wrote:
>> You (in this case I) would expect that if you have been oppressed, you'd
>> abhor that kind of thing and not expose others to it.
>Unfortunately, that just isn't the way people tend to work.  Children
>who are abused often grow up to abuse their own children.  Even some
>who are aware that they've learned bad patterns go on to repeat them,
>because those are the patterns that they know.  University students
>who lived through abuse as freshmen -- hazing, the British "fagging"
>-- go on to do the same things when they're seniors, and have a fresh
>generation of freshmen to take advantage of.  There's often an element
>of "I paid my dues, now it's my turn to get paid".

There are basically two sorts of people, IME:

 - "I had it hard, so kids should have it hard."

 - "I had it hard, and I don't want others to suffer the same way."

"Lord, please make me the kind of person my dog thinks I am."

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