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Injustices - Chapter 9

Updated on February 3, 2012

Mr Tough Guy

I am in school in Malaysia. I am wearing a white shirt and brown shorts. It is in an art class and the teacher has just popped out of the room to get something.

A boy wants to fight me and he has a weapon. It is a scissors he is brandishing like a knife. The other children are gathering around and chanting.

I feel I can beat him even without a weapon. I am very confident of my fighting skills even though I do not remember ever fighting anyone up to this point in my life. I am about four years old.


Shame of injustice

He stabs me in my wrist with the scissors and the blood gushes out like a fountain. I run to a nun in a white habit and cover her in blood. I am taken to a hospital on the hill and it takes about five people to hold me down because I am terrified of the injection they say they must give me.

When I return to school the boy is made stand on the chair in shame for what he has done. I can’t understand this as there were two of us involved and he was to be punished then I should be as well. I say this to the teacher but nobody listens to me. They do things their way and I am but a child and I feel ashamed because I am not being punished.

The victim ploy

Sometimes I am too quick to jump to come to the rescue of the child who I see crying. It is too easy to automatically blame and criticise the other child. More often than not when I take the time to find out what actually took place it is the child crying who started the fight in the first place.

It is the injustice the child perceives that has a lasting effect and colours future interactions. I am sure that this episode early in my life led to a feeling that made me feel unworthy to be part of a group that I had in some way betrayed. I was as much to blame for what happened but it was he who was punished.

I did not trust authority after this because I realised at very young age that anyone could use the ploy of playing the victim in order to escape punishment and adults could not see through this.


The straw that broke the camels' back

The experience taught me something very valuable that I hadn't realised then and that was my mind and body were separate but yet connected. The body follows the mind but unlike the mind it has limitations.

Children nowadays who spend a lot of time playing computer games on the XBox or PlayStation do not learn this lesson. They seem to be missing that very valuable quality called empathy. They think nothing of killing and maiming people in these games because they never physically or emotionally experience the consequences of their actions.

A generation of children without empathy are due to be let loose as adults on a world that has already been ravaged by Man's greed and insensitivity to nature.  Will this be the straw that broke the camel's back? 

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Yes, we all have the freedom to make our own choices and I agree that this issue is not cut and dry. There are many complicated pieces to how one will react to different things in life and why one chooses one way and one chooses another. I look at me and my four siblings. We all grew up in the same house with a lot of dysfunction but we all made very different choices and life paths. It's so interesting. Anyway, wow, reading this series has put me on a path of wanting to do more exploring and healing for myself. It's easy to say One is doing fine in life as you did, but reading this I realize I have more work to do. Such is life and what a humbling honor it has been to get here from someone as caring and warm as you. You make it feel safe to admit I have a ways to go. Thanks so very much.

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      Goyakla 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes. I am sure that the experiences a child has be it via TV, video game or real life, always has the potential to influence. There is also choice and the child's innate tendencies so it is not as cut and dry and some make it out to be. I do think however that as parents it is wise to limit a child's exposure to violence and horror as it is better to be safe than sorry.

      Thank you for the heads up on that faulty link. I will fix that now.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, what an 'aha' moment to realize this. I find it scary too that those that play killing games don't see the problem with the violence. I am guessing it can create sociopaths and psychopaths???? Not sure but this is what a lack of empathy can create.

      BTW, I just clicked on chapter 10 and it keeps bringing me back to this chapter 9. Just FYI. I just went to your profile page and hit 10 and that worked just fine.

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      Goyakla 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for commenting and isn't it amazing what can happen when children are left unattended even for a minute.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      i found this to be a fascinating read, with so many intriguing points that it has really stopped to make me think. and as a mother of four boys that can only be a good thing... thank you