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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CHILD ABUSE OBJECT PERSON CONTROL POWER VICTIM 910426 Child abuse and the abuse of women is rooted in communal attitudes which say it is o.k. to use and abuse objects and resources which do not have the power to object to being treated as expendable objects. These tragic attitudes are often coupled with attitudes which encourage powerful people to regard less powerful people as means which may be used and abused in trying to achieve some goal which the powerful people regard as important. It is important for each society, culture, community, and coherent group of people to develop a publicly articulated understanding of the circumstances in which a person's rights to object to other people's behaviors should be defended as basic rights. It is important for people to know what kinds of objections are legitimate, and what kinds of objection are not legitimate. In the absence of overt communal agreement upon explicit articulations of such rights, it is close to impossible for victims to effectively defend themselves or to help other victims to defend themselves against use and abuse. Each community needs to defend the rights of its children to adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational opportunities, security, and affection. Each community which fails to defend these basic rights disintegrates. No community can defends the above rights of children without extending the same rights to all females, because in virtually all communities it is the females who bear the greatest responsibility for taking care of children from conception through adolescence. Any community which sets its priorities in such a way as t neglect the rights of children and females thereby sets the stage for its own tragic disintegration. Such disintegration tragically occurs in militaristic, authoritarian, addictive, fundamentalist, moralistic, legalistic, technocratic and paternalistic societies. Systems of ideals and values which fail to encourage the defense of the rights of children and females are systems which tragically lead to personal and communal disintegration. Such systems do not merit respect or uncritical support; regardless of how tragically sophisticated, educated, powerful and technically competent the guardians of the system may be. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================