Philosophy – “The Defense of a Child” – 5/1/2020

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Consider bullying in this, for a child, to understand that it is the child’s defenses being pulled down, for how weak the child appears. The child’s defenses are next to none, because the bully to the weak child, is the concept of the predator to the prey. Even back to the age of prehistoric dinosaurs, much has been understood of those creatures that the predators hunted the sickly and old, because they were the easier targets. Humans operate in the same manner. We prey upon smaller targets for sustenance, because they pose little threat.

What is a bullied child’s greatest torment, in the time of them being bullied? It is what has already been described. It is what makes a child weak. That is, having no defenses, and no one to defend the child. In a human’s mind, we believe such actions for a child’s defense to be of love. This is true, except in the manner of animals, where animals only follow the natural survivalist ways. Animals are not seeking shelter made from gold and silver. Animals are not creating kingdoms, nor empires. Their routine consists of migration patterns and the like. Human do not follow any of this. Through our arrogance, we believe ourselves to be outside the control of Nature, or even in control of Nature. Animals do not advance, except at the rate of natural evolution. Whereas, humans have thought to hijack evolution, and turn it into their own image.

There is indeed a way with humans to want more control, more grasp on things, over animals. Where it seems an animal submits to the laws of Nature, the arrogant human wants the laws of Nature to submit to him or her.

In the case of the bully to the child, there is the natural concept of predator to prey. The predator, being the bully, and the prey, being the child. Of this, the weakest part of the prey is their lack of defenses. Yet, we will sometimes say that we should not teach a child to defend itself. We will, at times, even say that teaching a child to defend itself will create further conflict. Though, is conflict to peace, not a cycle of its own? Are we simply here to end the conflict, and remain on one side, being that of peace?

Peace to conflict, and then conflict to peace. It is a cycle. It has no ending. The one thing that a bullied child has not for defensive purposes, is someone else to defend them.

Like an elephant rushing to defend its calf from the jaguar, trampling its patterned body into the sand, it could be the same. Love is the emotion that makes a human feel heroic. It is the emotion that makes a human want to protect those they love, who are in danger. It could be what makes an adolescent person who is bullied, want to commit suicide, because the loneliness is more-so the torment than the abuse of bullies. What of the adolescent within the household of a drunken father, who beats both his children and his wife? Is the torment the father, or is it the desire to escape to somewhere more comforting? Is it what is occurring, or is it what is lacking? It should be the latter, considering what a human’s motive is, for survival. To have the ability to defend, in a state of being provoked into fear, into a fight or flight response, makes it objective to know that defense makes the bullied child strong.

Therefore, we come back to the feeling of love. Something that an animal does not express through poetry or through song. It is something that an animal does not make symphonies or entire novels out of. An animal’s “expression of love” seems to be only through a means to survive. Love, being in a place to do with the primate brain, is the realm of the brain most to do with development. We, as humans, have only developed through love. It was by comprehending protection as more than something to do with sheer survival. It was by comprehending the protection of others, as soon discovering a realm, much like a home, where we can be content with what we already possess.