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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-10 09:17 AM
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I've noticed something about people in our jails.
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At least my county's detention center.

These are not "bad" people. Yes, even those whose poor choices have lead them to do some really bad things.

Most of the inmates I meet have simply failed to develop impulse control and are easily persuaded and do not possess either the ability to forecast consequences for their actions or the willingness to do so. This is something we cultivate in the context of a "safe holding environment." In other words, we mature best when surrounded by people who nurture and affirm us.

Which has pretty much helped me understand the mindset on Wall Street and among the far right a little bit more since I've long considered it to be akin to criminal behavior, though sometimes it outright is.

* Lack of impulse control (unmitigated greed) combined with failure to forecast consequences (the soundness of our economy be damned)

* Lack of impulse control (eagerness to be mislead by propaganda into a pack mentality) combined with the inability to forecast consequences (continuously voting against one's own self interests)

I'm not saying everyone on Wall Street or affiliated with the Tea Party comes from dysfunctional families, but I'm thinking it says volumes about a dysfunctional society. We suck as a "safe holding environment." I'm also not saying this is The answer or The explanation. It's just an insight I've been contemplating lately. These are definitely thoughts in process.
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