Quotation by C. John Sommerville

Ambivalence reaches the level of schizophrenia in our treatment of violence among the young. Parents do not encourage violence, but neither do they take up arms against the industries which encourage it. Parents hide their eyes from the books and comics, slasher films, videos and lyrics which form the texture of an adolescent culture. While all successful societies have inhibited instinct, ours encourages it. Or at least we profess ourselves powerless to interfere with it.
C. John Sommerville (20th century), U.S. professor of history, and author. The Rise and Fall of Childhood, ch. 1 (rev. 1990).
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