Charles Manson is a fine example of this. His first strike was to be born to a poor, unwed mother that did not want him. As a result he spent much of his childhood being passed back and forth amongst various relations that had about as much interest in him as his mother... That is, when he wasn't in some type of reform school, which likely had a profound influence on his life. He was sodomized for the first time at such an institution when he was 12 years old, after all.
The following article is certainly a fine testament to the peculiar fashion that children are now raised in the 21st century:
"These days, the medicine cabinet is truly a family affair. More than a quarter of U.S. kids and teens are taking a medication on a chronic basis, according to Medco Health Solutions Inc., the biggest U.S. pharmacy-benefit manager with around 65 million members. Nearly 7% are on two or more such drugs, based on the company's database figures for 2009.
"Doctors and parents warn that prescribing medications to children can be problematic. There is limited research available about many drugs' effects in kids. And health-care providers and families need to be vigilant to assess the medicines' impact, both intended and not. Although the effects of some medications, like cholesterol-lowering statins, have been extensively researched in adults, the consequences of using such drugs for the bulk of a patient's lifespan are little understood...
"Researchers attribute the wide usage in part to doctors and parents becoming more aware of drugs as an option for kids. Unhealthy diets and lack of exercise among children, which lead to too much weight gain and obesity, also fuel the use of some treatments, such as those for hypertension. And some conditions are likely caught and treated earlier as screening and diagnosis efforts improve...
"Parents and doctors also say nondrug alternatives should be explored where possible. Tom Wells, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences who sees patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, frequently pushes diet and exercise changes before drugs for hypertensive kids. 'Obesity is really the biggest cause I see for high blood pressure in adolescents,' he says. But only about 10% of families adhere to his diet and exercise recommendations, he says.
Another major justification for the doping of the youth is AD/HD, which is typically treated by drugs such as Ridalin and Adderall, which also happen to be amphetamines:
"Ritalin and Adderall are amphetamines - brain stimulants that physicians very frequently prescribe to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). ADD and AD/HD are common behavioral disorders affecting attention span, impulse control, and self-discipline, and in the case of AD/HD, hyperactivity...To recap: A country that incarcerates more people than any other nation on Earth (and likely in human history), in no small part because of the 'War on Drugs', hands out over a million doses of a crystal meth-like drug to its own children on a daily basis. Well, I guess if the doctors (and the pharmaceutical industry) says it's okay....
"Ritalin and Adderall are closely related to illegal "street" drugs, including dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, or "dexies"), methamphetamine ("crystal meth") and cocaine."
This is really a coup for the Cryptocracy. A generation of children raised on prescription meds, which Dr. Ronald W Dworkin has dubbed 'Artificial Happiness', will have profound social implications in our future:
"Inducing Artificial Happiness in children, and on a mass scale, has far greater social repercussions. A whole species of humanity stands ready to emerge in which Artificial Happiness has blunted psychological development during a crucial period of life -childhood. As children, these people are given Artificial Happiness to drive off feelings of sadness. Avoiding sadness becomes a habit for them. When the next downturn in life occurs, the Artificial Happiness experience is repeated. These Happy Children go on for months, even years, standing before the same life dilemmas and not moving a step toward their solution, stifling the growth of their consciences through repeated bouts of stupefaction. They become Happy Adults and then Happy Seniors, using the same method throughout their lives to deal with unhappiness. What emerges is an entire life cycle based on Artificial Happiness."
(Artificial Happiness, Ronald Dworkin, pg. 262)
Dworkin is referring to antidepressants, but the same observations could be made about virtually any other type of drug that is prescribed to children. Consider the rise in obesity -This has become a national crisis at all levels and the only response is to try to medicate it away. Somehow, I don't think that's going to get people eating healthier or exercising more. And unfortunately, this 'cure' is going to continue to be administered at an ever younger age.
Between the pills and the Disney porn, future generations will likely have a much different view of what childhood consists of than prior generations. In fact, it could charitably be said that childhood as it was previously known is being all but phased out.