Originally Posted by JenniferH
It really makes me wonder if the people who do this sort of thing don't have sociopathic tendencies. You would have to have absolutely NO compassion for other human beings to desensitize yourself THAT much.
I really don't think that's true. That's what is even more sad/horrifying about things like CIO - it doesn't take a monster to do it. It takes a normal, loving, caring, wants to do what's best mother who doesn't know any better
, or who believes that since "everyone else" does it, it must be right. That's all. Not a psychopath, not an unfeeling monster, just. a. mother. Someone who has been trained to believe by her society that babies' cries don't mean anything, that sleeping with her children would kill them, that not training her babies to sleep would damage them, that they can't be harmed by crying, and that she's wrong to want to love them and hold them and keep them close.
It's sad. It's horribly, horribly sad and frightening and disgusting - but I think it's really important to remember that circ'ers, CIO'ers, and the majority of Nazis are/were just ordinary people
who are/were, for lack of a better term, brainwashed by their society into doing and believing horrific things.