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Do not spare the rod ...

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I AM annoyed by the discussion about the banning of corporal punishment in the home. In the animal world, the mother is very kind to her young. But I know that the mother will nip her young to provide direction; were the baby not to conform, it would die.

The Bible speaks about the danger of sparing the rod, and there is ultimate punishment for all of us who do not conform. More important, we are taught that it is throughtrial, tribulation and great discomfort that we become better human beings and inherit the kingdom of God.

Corporal punishment is essential for human beings to learn our limits and to conform. How do we ensure that our societies can move in one accord and that we conform to whatever norm exists? We learn about the importance of conforming by knowing that there are consequences if we don't work together. We learn about consequences - that 'those who don't hear will feel'.

As with everything else that we do in this country, there is never a picture drawn for what the perfect world should look like. Everyone jumps up and has an opinion, but nobody provides an alternative.

If, as a society, the minority who know better than the rest of us are to have their way, what will this new paradigm look like? What are the suggestions for parenting?

I am tired of the experts who have children who are monsters.

I agree that excesses have occurred, and that children have been hurt or killed by overzealous or insane people. But what do we wreak on our country when we have a whole generation of people who have learned no self-control?

CHRISTOPHER GIVANS

Kingston