Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, October 03, 2008

From the moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to those forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half-crazed creature more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.

That's a quotation from RD Laing. It could be written in a SF book: actually he was a physchiatrist. It's actually a very bleak view of the world and I don't agree with it. In truth, I don't want to agree with it.

... and yet, somehow, it's an idea which compels thought ... and perhaps that is it's real value and it's value is not correlated with its validity.