Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing

Hara Ra (
Wed, 09 Dec 1998 01:37:29 -0800

We need to distinguish between stress with danger, and stress within a safe context. The danger leads to learning which reduces the access to viable choices. The safe situation allows exploration of new choices and unlearning what was acquired via abuse.

>>>I regret that the human emotional system seems to be designed so that high
>>>levels of stress are needed to really grow up.
>I have long suspected this to be true. It led me to wonder . . . If we can
>confirm this and it becomes accepted as fact, will verbal and emotional
>abuse be punishable by the same laws which deal with physical abuse?
>I used to work in a domestic violence shelter and it seemed odd to me
>that someone could be arrested and jailed for beating someone but
>there was no penalty whatsoever for verbal/emotional abuse. Would
>you have to have a way to verify that neural damage had been inflicted?

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