RG’s Day at the Zoo Withe Cherry Vile Prep (Part 10)
December 1, 2008
Dropping down from horrible to merely awful, David Rochester suffered child abuse from his father as a child, catapulting him into a syndrome called DID. With amazing strength and perseverance, he survived and is turning himself into a more or less “normal” person like the rest of us. (If some of my readers are more normal than the rest of us, I don’t want to hear about it.)
David also suffered dreadful abuse from other children.
Some children who suffer such abuse go on rampages, once in a while killing their parents; in other cases going on rampages in their school and killing teachers and fellow students.
Although there are many such abused children, most of them do not strike out this way. When I was a high school teacher, I encountered a boy who sat in class sketching pictures of people being mutilated and dying in horrible ways. Concerned, I talked to the school nurse, who knew the boy and his brother, who manifested similar symptoms. There was some dreadful history about the two brothers and child abuse. Nevertheless, they never ran amok (at least in the time they were in high school),
In short, there are many children who suffer terrible experiences in childhood, but most do not engage in mass murder; though probably quite a few do become terrible spouses, partners, and parents, some engage in criminal behavior, many consume lots of therapy and psychotropic drugs, some consider, attempt, or commit suicide.
In David’s case, although I do not know him personally, based on reading his blog postings for several years, I will state with some foolish confidence that he has turned himself into a fairly decent person.
I have started what I call a “shareware drive”; encouraging readers of David’s blogs to send him a small contribution to support his continuing blogging. My reasons are complicated and multitudinous.
For one thing, I am crazy, though for the most part harmlessly so.
For another reason, I get enjoyment and edification from reading David’s writing. I think it reasonable to reward him for writing posts that please and enlighten me and to encourage him to continue to write more such posts. While the number of people who have joined me in making modest shareware payments to David is not huge, some intelligent and sensitive people are also making small shareware payments to David; leading me to conclude that perhaps I am on to something sensible.
[See for example, littlefluffycat’s comment #11 in David’s post of December 1.]
Also, to repeat myself, David did not respond to abuse by becoming abusive. I think such behavior should be encouraged.