Within a world where everything is about making money and surviving, a child rarely experiences relationships beyond the superficial. That is, even within the most affluent families with the butler, the nannies, the housekeepers, the expendable workers there is always a wall that prevents a true instance of bonding to occur. And so the children grow up perpetually longing for that which cannot be purchased, and also being psychologically and emotionally immature. And in all other classes, the poor and middle-class where there is no nanny and butlers quite often the parents are disengaged, overworked, and too tired to connect and bond with their children. They are too busy trying to be a “good” parent so much that they actually are quite poor parents because they are constantly involved in thinking about their own needs, and thinking about how to fill them; that is, very self-involved thinking. Of course, none of this is the fault of the parents because they are themselves children who really never got a chance to grow, to flower, and to mature psychologically and emotionally.
So a child is taught at a very early age about the sensual, superficial world. The world with all its “fun,” with its amusement parks, holidays, and cartoons. Children are constantly thrown into busy fun-filled schedules where they hardly get a chance to think. I read a funny thing the other day and it was that children who were neglected end up being narcissists when they grow up. Is this true? Considering the way in which the brain works, the ways in which neural networks are created, this seems to be backwards. Narcissism seems to be more a by-product of too much attention rather than not enough. But that’s a topic for another time. So what is corruption? So the child that has become addicted to a certain type of attention from his parents, grandparents, teachers, all the authorities in society and if he is in fact bribable which many of us are conditioned to be, is he not corrupt? Everyone wants little Tommy to be a “good” boy, and they reward him and punish him and this goes on for a long time. Tommy soon learns what behaviors will bring him rewards and what behaviors will bring him punishments. All this conditioning becomes the core identity in which Tommy operates. Now, the question is: Can Tommy after all this conditioning somehow become free and incorruptible? Identities can die like the body can they not?