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What Are We Adults Telling Ourselves About Boston?

By       Message Dr. Cheryl Pappas     Permalink
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(The following article was written prior to one suspect being killed and another specifically named).

The heavy impact of the Boston bomb attack terror is weighing rightfully on us.

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It surely is cause for reflection, the need for urgent waking up to the possible continued existence

of terrorist activity here in the so-called "homeland" of America, and legitimate cause for great concern.

The media daily news programs present all manner of counselors to advise dialogue for parents to

calm children about the horrors in Boston.

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What about the adults?

There is an unspoken assumption in America that adults have the wherewithal to emotionally

take on the unspeakable violence of the day.

We are instructed to soothe the children; we being stalwart leaders in emotional stability.


It is my experience privately in my office as well as out on the streets that adults routinely

are revealed to be children in large bodies.

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Everything from driving behaviors to political name-calling to skirmishes in grocery stores tells the same story.  

The existence of "adult" by the old definition of synonymity with maturity, is a dead reality in this era of acting out.

Further, I must emphasize that the "children" of advanced ages are abandoned children.

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