Thursday, July 17, 2008

Corporal Comprehension

I was reading an article about spanking, and it made a very silly argument, it said that once comprehension has been established, corporal punishment is never necessary. Now, one can assume that adults have established comprehension. However, even though they know that it endangers themselves and others, that they can have their privileges taken away, that they can be given a time out, and that their allowance can be reduced, adults still drive drunk. Comprehension has been established, and it does not eliminate a profoundly harmful behavior. I bet if you flogged people for driving drunk you'd go a good ways towards eliminating it, but their argument doesn't hold water regardless.

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Anonymous Dominus Sit Illuminatio Mea said...

However, even though they know that it endangers themselves and others, that they can have their privileges taken away, that they can be given a time out, and that their allowance can be reduced, adults still drive drunk.

Yes, this is a problem with rehabilitation theory, generally. I'm not sure how far we can carry the parallel, though--don't we use corporal punishment on our children because we believe we're molding their character? I'm not sure an adult's character is as malleable--like most everything, it seems to get brittle with age. After all, the line isn't "spare the rod, spoil the drunk driver"...

I bet if you flogged people for driving drunk you'd go a good ways towards eliminating it[....]

Perhaps. But would that justify it?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

don't we use corporal punishment on our children because we believe we're molding their character? I'm not sure an adult's character is as malleable--like most everything, it seems to get brittle with age.

That's interesting, that comprehension has nothing to do with it. I suppose it undermines their argument this way also.


Perhaps. But would that justify it?

That was mostly tongue in cheek, but it depends on the method of flogging. The Israelite flog didn't normally break the skin or leave marks, but just raised some very painful welts for the next day or so.

10:32 AM  

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