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Back to the Good Ole Days - Part 2
Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Trauma and Violence Expert Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Trauma and Violence Expert
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Dateline: Baltimore, MD
Monday, January 11, 2016


I recently discovered that you can go back to the good ole days by going to one of the less developed countries in the world.  You will have idyllic scenery AND wonderful people, but often unstable electricity if any at all, water shortages, no internet, unavailability of common goods and services, and few jobs and commerce.  The rights of women may be less than those of men.  It is a much simpler way to live.  Everyone knows who is in charge and few question it.

In some of these countries, women are raped or killed without consequences for the perpetrators. In others, women are stoned to death for being accused of adultery.  It does not have to be proved, just accused. Who wants to go back to that? Some women have their ears and noses cut off because they run away from abusive spouses.  You can be murdered for your religion in some countries.

So, what was good about the "good ole days?". It was simpler, more black and white, right or wrong without caveats or extenuating circumstances. One did not have to think deeply about anything.  Perhaps our thinking was less developed in the good ole days.

For some in this world, if you are Christian, you should die.  If you are Muslim you should kill infidels. Power is in the hands of a small group and there is a large underprivileged class.  The greater the economic divide between the two and the inability of the underprivileged people to overturn the government that enslaved them, the more likely there is to be an uprising.  The Arab Spring is today's best example.

In these countries with power and money in the hands of the few for many decades, it is certainly better to be in the group that has the upper hand, but you have to be born there. Religion and ethnicity is an easy way of categorizing those in power and those not in power. It is black and white, simplistic thinking.  However, those in the class with power will always try to keep the underprivileged class from sharing wealth and power through domination unless they acquire a participatory democracy. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" (Lord Acton).  All The people must be able to put their politicians out of office when they fail to perform satisfactorily.  That is the beauty of a democracy despite its messiness.  If they dont have ways to support their families and no avenue to change it, they will fight back in some way.

Society is developing for the better. It may be difficult, messy, and chaotic but if you study history the positive progression is clear.  We have advanced greatly as a society, some groups faster than others. More of the population of the world can live a better standard of living than ever before. Fewer humans harm others out of gratuitous violence, except in third world countries and the US.  In some parts of the world, rich dictators rule a poor, uneducated lower class.  A work ethic, greater acceptance of diversity, democracy, helping others, and education are moving the rest of society forward toward a better overall standard of living inch by inch.  Going back means we lose ground we have gained in many areas and that would be unfortunate.  It is better to keep the progress we have made toward becoming more socially civilized than go back to simplicity that gave us less clarity and choices to provide justice and liberty for all.

Dr. Kathryn Seifert is a leading voice internationally in the areas of violence, mental health, criminal justice and addictions. The CEO of Eastern Shore Psychological Services (ESPS), Dr. Seifert specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals who are at risk for violence and/or suffering from attachment disorders. 

She has frequently appeared on national networks to discuss violence and mental health, appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, the Huffington Post Live, Discovery ID, Fox News, and CBC in Canada. Dr. Seifert has written two books on the subject; the first, How Children Become (Acanthus Publishing 2006), was awarded the 2007 IPPY (Independent Book Publishers Award) bronze medal in the Psychology/Mental Health Category, and her second book, Youth Violence: Theory, Prevention, and Intervention (Springer Publishing 2011), is frequently utilized in the professional community and in courses and training sessions. 

As an expert contributor for Psychology Today, Dr. Seifert's blog, "Stop the Cycle," has amassed over 150,000 views in the last two years. 

Dr. Seifert has lectured in Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, and across the United States. Past conferences and events include Maryland Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pennsylvania's NAMI Cherry Blossom Charity Ball, and the Conference on the Federal Response to Reducing Gun Violence, which took place following the Sandy Hook tragedy and was headlined by Vice President Joe Biden. 

She is currently finalizing her upcoming book, Failure to Attach: The Why Behind Terrorists and Mass Murderers, which will be published later this year.

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