We have a friend who spent years in a supermax prison. They say it doesn’t fit the legal requirement of what cruel and unusual punishment is, but if altering a person’s psychological state drastically by keeping them in solitary confinement for years at a time isn’t cruel and unusual (or at least cruel. It should be unusual), then what is?
I always feel a bit squeamish about telling my kids that they can do anything that they set their minds to. Partly because the truth is that no one can. Everyone faces several limitations. Another reason is that it builds a sense of uber-competition and narcissism.
We need to, in some ways, have our children and youth appreciate their own sense of uniqueness and giftedness and what they can give out into the world and their communities.
This video is an example of what happens when, say, those kids grow up and become – say- the executive branch of the United States government.
H/t to I Am Josh Brown.