I never said I want kids to do whatever they want all the time.
Also Marm, why is aggression so verboten to you?
Aggression is verboten to me because I was in a somewhat abusive relationship, and he learned to be that way from his father. Also, my mother was beaten by my father, which is why she divorced him when she was still pregnant with me.
Encouraging aggression is pure idiocy. Those instincts can be focused more intelligently into things like playing baseball or competing at track, or even into business or playing chess.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey
Well, you're wrong. Some cops and military men beat their wives all the time, and so do boxers and other sports figures.
But that by no means proves that it was the encouragement toward violent recreation that leads to this behavior.
Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise
Encouraging violence just causes more violence.
A tautology that begs the question: Is all violence created equal?
I am a recreational shooter and a hunter... violent pastimes by definition. By your reasoning, by my present age of 43 I should have already become a bell tower sniper on some college campus somewhere, ultimately taken down in a hail of police gunfire... yet this has not happened. In fact, in personal behavior I am one of the gentlest men that I know. I rarely even raise my voice.
I think your logical fallacy about violence belies a well-earned phobia. Your reaction to any kind of violence is reasonable, but your logic isn't... and that's to be expected, under the circumstances. We understand, but don't expect us to share your perspective without having shared your experience.