Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008:Criticism of Vachss' activism

I'm irritated. Okay, child abuse is bad. Got it!

Andrew Vachss writes gritty, gripping novels. Got it.

Andrew Vachss wants us to prevent child abuse and help abused children. Got it.

Now stepping back a bit, regardless of whether or not one thinks that one should help abused children because Andrew Vachss says to or whether it's simply the right thing to do, one should work to prevent child abuse and help abused children. right?

Simple idea. Got it!

Now, how do we help these abused children?

Er . . . remember the phrase? "We're from the government. We're here to help!"

Now doesn't that make you feel good? Your children and family in the hands of the same people who handle your motor vehicle paperwork and fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? And somehow these agencies will work even better if the people who fund them are angry, impatient and think less critically, preferring to act out of passion, instead of using rationality?

Er, now I'm confused.

For more see this essay.: A REPLY TO ANDREW VACHSS' "A HARD LOOK AT HOW WE TREAT CHILDREN." by Rick Thoma.

Part of Lifting the Veil.

Yes, child abuse is bad, but lets try to differentiate between truth and fiction, reality and emotion. Killing them all and letting God sort them out, is not gonna help kids, especially if you have no idea who "ALL" refers to or what the kids are suffering from.

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