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elfwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:31 PM
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The Moral Development of W?? (interesting read)
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 03:57 PM by elfwitch
I saw this really intersing psychological analysis of Monkey Boy. It is primarily asserting that he has not progressed much beyond the most basic psychological levels of human development. I don't know if anybody else has posted this yet. It is a really enlightening read if you've got the time.

Some of the better excerpts:
A preeminent theorist on moral development is Lawrence Kohlberg, a famous Harvard professor, who demonstrated through his scientific studies that people progress in their moral reasoning (i.e., in their bases for ethical behavior) through a series of levels. He delineated three levels, further broken down into six stages.

The first is "the Preconventional Level," where one usually finds oneself in elementary school. The first stage of this level is where George, I believe, makes his home. It's called: Stage Zero.

Kohlberg writes: "Stage Zero: Egocentric judgment. The child makes judgments of good on the basis of what he likes and wants or what helps him, and bad on the basis of what he does not like or what hurts him. He has no concept of rules or of obligations to obey or conform to independent of his wish."


Another one:
So, for all his touting of religious and moral imperatives, George's policy decisions constitute nothing less than a moral failure. They have nothing to do with God, despite George's fantasy of divine rule, they have nothing to do with compassion, and they have nothing to do with helping you and me in any real way. Intrapsychically, they have everything to do with George's wish to finally be more than what he fears he is--a moral/business/personal failure. And interpersonally, they have to do with paybacks and power jockeying.


Full article:
http://www.counterpunch.org/norris09202003.html

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