The story about the Florida man who was acquitted on child abuse charges last week for doing to a 7-year-old boy what had been done to him as punishment when he was a kid got me to thinking about the process of how people and communities change their individual or collective minds. Slavery was once a way of life world-wide. There was a time when few people thought twice about children laboring in factories. The U.S. is still coming to grips with developing a system that protects women from assault by their spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends or former boyfriends, but at least there’s a collective agreement that abusing women is wrong.
And children? Well, somehow we’re still stuck in a system in which they must endure trauma and