Yes, mainstream “values” set the example. And, yes, our youth internalize those “values” and follow that example — albeit, sometimes too explicitly to suit our comfort and convenience:
“The video was made by girls at a Spanaway, Washington school who apparently had a falling out with a classmate, Piper. The clip carries illustrations of Piper being shot, made to commit suicide, thrown off a cliff and poisoned…”
Of course, we note — with some satisfaction, no doubt — that these girls were “disciplined.” That’s the modern-day euphemism for extrinsic punishment. We no longer remember what that revered word “discipline” once expressed. We just use it to sanctify that very social mechanism which makes such offenses so common first place: society’s unquestioning devotion to, and all-consuming obsession with, extrinsic behavioral conditioning.
[Note to Autism Hub members: that last devotion/obsession is, in my opinion, the very root of what ultimately makes ABA and its offshoots unethical.]
More on that later…