I want to paint a mental image with three scenarios, and ask how the offender would be treated.
1.) A pedestrian is casually walking down the street. Meandering along the sidewalk, climbing out of a crease in the concrete emerges a small cockroach. The pedestrian preoccupied in a text message conversation, steps on the cockroach, ending its meager life.
2.) A pedestrian is walking down a sidewalk and notices a homeless person with a sign requesting donations. The pedestrian approaches the homeless person, shouts “Work for your food!” Rips the sign out and smacks the homeless person in the face.
3.) A pedestrian is walking down a sidewalk and notices their State representative. Upset with their recent voting record, confronts them with a verbal assault. A few minutes of back and forth the pedestrian assaults the state representative.
4.) A citizen is attending a political rally with the incumbent President. During the president speaking the citizen throws a water bottle at the president and he gets knocked unconscious.
All of the above scenarios reflect an action against something or someone. However, in scenario 1 no punishment occurs. But in the last scenario the punishment would be quite sever. What changed through the scenarios?
What changed is the value which society places on ones position within the society.
When I broadcast I constantly speak to how information is fed to us through various means which is intended to influence the way we think. I also reference Edward Bernays in those discussions.
It is not my desire to enter into the domain of political discussion at all. However, I do want to point out that, as a person that deals with logical and critical thinking that my emotions must be held captive to truth. We are immersed in a transition of experience which Feelings are greater than Truth.
Slippery slopes are a metaphor used to explain consequences of actions taken in the present absent of examining or predicting results in the future. A very simple example of this is the over use of the politically correct term of Tolerance. Regardless of your thoughts regarding legality/illegality of the Supreme Courts ruling on same sex marriage, waving the flag of “tolerance” must be absent of exclusion. The redefinition attempts of the word marriage, even while being expanded, were still exclusionary. It did not address issues such as difference in age, numbers of individuals which can be married, species, etc. Some have the ability to discern the deeper reasons behind the initial steps, and yet miss the slippery slope.
In my earlier example I demonstrated that consequences shift when the authority of an individual within a society increases. Except for the example of the cockroach, shouldn’t we have commensurate consequences for all, regardless of one authoritative position? That is a powerful question with the operative word “should”.
Shifting gears a bit. When the horrible accident occurred with the Titanic striking a iceberg. Evacuation protocol was women and children first. We could understand the reasoning behind this and many would comply with this and a few would shove a woman to the side and jump on a life boat.
Today, we can hear the cacophony of messaging screaming for the equal treatment of women. However, this protocol is manifest with those shouting, shoving women to the side. The social justice warriors waving the banner of “Tolerance” are pushing women and worse defenseless children to the back. When a minority of a society screams so loud and is so active, someone else’s rights or freedoms become compromised. History has confirmed this repeatedly. Our present global friction with various “refugees” fulfilling country gentrification goals is another example. Someone is marginalized.
Our society has been completely programmed with the Edward Bernays type of messaging to help create large groups of people to suspend critical thinking and simply be obedient to the will of those in power. If one were to summon the courage to question authority a different picture begins to emerge.
Pulling this post back to the core messaging of Parent Dome, our messaging, intervention and activism is constantly combatting those with feeling ruling their personal direction and actions. We are involved with countless children who are lacking relationships with those which brought them life, which have any awareness of what is happening in the world of the child. Economic pressures forcing the family into a constant quest for money. This pressure causes exhaustion and less energy to devote to children. Where daycares were the first repository for the kids while parents worked, this has transitioned to the internet being the daycare worker. Parents are able to get their relaxation while children are being occupied or distracted.
Coming full circle, the internet is that data pathway for the marginalization of women and children. It is accepted, condoned, justified and rationalized. The single largest time consumer of internet activities based upon topic is related to pornography. Or as I like to call it, the sexual objectification of someone else’s daughter, reducing their value down to two body parts normally covered by a bathing suit. Economics taught us early that focus on the consumption side, never on the supply side. Consumers of porn, must block out that their consumption must be supported by the supply of those who will participate in their chosen genre of consumption.
The impedes of me writing this post is a direct result of a fresh intervention. I witnessed a brief livestream broadcast where a young girl was sexually presenting herself to attract followers. She was doing this quite successfully. This is not at all unusual on live streaming social media platforms. This is not what caught my attention. What caught my attention was an adult male in the background (not intended to be seen by the child), and what they were doing is surfing porn. My personal shock was tied to the man willing to perform his search with the possibility of this child seeing his activities. Well, that is what happened. The child wound up shouting over to the dad, saw what they were doing and I was dumfounded that it was normal. People commenting in the livestream drew attention to the issue. Some were as perplexed as I was, others took the conversation into a very dark and depraved place.
Certainly, this could be an anecdotal reference from your perspective. However, in the mission of Parent Dome, the abundance of children entangled in these situations and worse is a reality. We have limited ability to pierce the conscious of parents and caregivers on the reality of what is happening online. While the constant parental response is #NotMyChild it is numerically impossible that all of the women and children ensnared online are orphans.