Scene II: Moving to the culture at large . . .
Me: “That’s abuse!”
Them: Chorus of Flying Monkeys and Power Worshipping Apologetics
Normalizing: “It’s called discipline, and we all turned out just fine.”
Reframing: “It’s an ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’.” (And there’s a drug for that.)
Repression: “I just don’t see what good it does to dwell on it. Best to let sleeping dogs lie.” (And let’s have another cocktail!)
Dissociation: “Can you believe this horrific X character on the news?!” (X=but is not limited to: Jeffrey Epstein, Jimmy Savile, Harvey Weinstein, Charles Manson, and I won’t bore y’all with even a partial list, cause it goes on . . . And bloody on, and on.)
Spanking, the gateway to control through violence. Just discipline. Fine and natural.
Yes, clearly, they did the best they could. And still are.