Thank you for sharing! I begin to think about the impact trust has in our lives. Trust is something that a child begins to develop upon birth. It reminds me of Erikson psychosocial theory and the different stages that he developed. The first one is trust versus mistrust. They are completely dependent upon us for everything that they need in their lives. They begin their journey of socialized nation from the moment they are born. It is through this journey that they begin to have many different experiences, enabling them the opportunity to ask questions about a variety of topics. This can include why they must be obedient, whether or not they should be obedient, and the benefits of being obedient. That open communication and able so much growth and understanding.
Do you think that we as adults are still influenced by the Milgram experiment? For example, there are so many different commercials that have an actor in a lab coat trying to promote a pharmaceutical medication. Do you think the marketers and advertisers are trying to tap into our natural reaction to an authority figure?
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Great discussion. You have touched the basis of youth and the evolution of their maturity. I would like to engage a question upon you. What do you feel is the downfall of the juvenile court system as well as the department of child welfare with regards to teaching authority and responsibility? I see that youth today show little regard for laws based on adult behaviors.
Marijuana use is illegal in 85% of the United States, but due to its availability teens nowadays feel it is a privilege to use it regardless of consequences. Children today must have an understanding of always following a moral and ethical compass but this compass must have a magnetic north established by authority. What are your thoughts on this matter?