Allen, I have responses to this post and another one you made. I agree many parents are in denial when their children are "different" in anyway i.e. mentally, physically, etc. As a society, we need to stop treating people with mental or physical challenges as children of a lesser god. My brother is physically challenged; however, when people see his condition they assume he's mentally challenged as well and speak very loudly and slowly to him and pat him on the head like he's a child, he's 60 years old. Parents and family members of anyone with any type of mental or physical challenge only want them to be treated as "normal" (whatever that is these days). IMO if there's no stigma attached, parents or family members will be more likely to seek treatment at an early age for their challenged loved ones.<quoted text>
So many are in denial I'm sure, because to admitt your child has a mental illness often times for a parent may mean (to them) that they would be looked upon as a failure as a parent. Often times this may be far from the truth. We as a society need to stop feeling ashamed, come out of our states of denial and speak up and out so these people can get the help the need.
To you other post (don't have it in front of me, so it's not going to be word for word) about people evolving or minds mutating. IMO, people are adapting versus evolving. During the different "ages" of time, people's bodies adapted to the changing environment in order to survive. They gradually were able to tolerate the cold and heat changes, but they still remained human. Not suggesting you don't know the difference, but I looked it up for my own need to know:
"The difference between adaption and evolution is shown in the following example:
At one point, there was probably only one type of crocodile. Over time, the crocodiles adapted to the water in which they live, and some became fresh-water crocks, and some salt-water crocks. But they are both still crocks. A crock did not become a fish.
Evolution is, for example, a pig slowly turning into a horse, or a lizard into a bird."
IMO, our society is adapting to the violence going on around them daily, thus if one feels intimidated by another with a gun, knife etc, his thought would be to equal the playing ground by acquiring a gun, knife etc. Many of us nowadays utilize the fight or flight tactic to handle dangerous or stressful situations. By choosing to fight, then we must have the tools to fight with. This does not mean for one to go buy a gun and go looking for a fight or to kill for sport, but IMO, it means to buy for protection.