Who would have thought it? Certainly not me, living as I do in the real world of bad or inadequate parenting, failing schools, lack of discipline, lack of self esteem, lack of self motivation, and a total lack of a work ethic. So when these products of a failed social system go off the tracks, and I’m referring to feral youths from the bottom of the aquarium, the National Academy of Sciences, based in Melbourne Australia, have come up with a new defence to antisocial behaviour.
“May it please Your Honour, my client has an enlarged amygdala!” Developing this theme, learned counsel will go on the explain that “as children enter adolescence, their brains (sic) undergo radical rewiring to help them cope with all the changes their bodies are undergoing, including puberty and hormones.” With me so far? Then the Academy totally loses the plot by continuing: “Human brains continue to develop into a person’s early twenties, and many of the inbuilt neural safeguards against losing their tempers have yet to be put in place.” As I read this, I burst out laughing!
The problem about Academia is that, by their very definition, they lose touch with reality. It’s all graphs, and monitored behaviour, and smoke and mirrors. And sadly, nobody takes them seriously.
Kids need boundaries, not brain scans. They need to be taught the difference between right and wrong, and they need discipline to reinforce this message. With the collapse of the family unit, the onrush of a secular society, and the abject failure of comprehensive education in this country, these kids from the bottom of the aquarium stand no chance at all, whatever the size of their amygdala.
If I am expected to take this ‘research’ seriously, then why haven’t we been confronted with this problem since the dawn of time? Why is antisocial behaviour a phenomenon of the last ten years if enlarged amygdala have been to blame?
To a cynic such as I, there’s a sneaking suspicion that Academia feels obliged to repay the large grants of public money by coming up with something, anything, to justify their continued existence. I have real doubts that this research will do anything to tackle antisocial behaviour, and by losing ourselves in the smoke and mirrors, those of us who should be setting an example are simply reneging on our responsibilities. In the words of the ditty:
“See the happy moron,
He doesn’t give a damn,
I wish I were a moron,
My God, perhaps I am.”