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Essay 2_ desensitization of children

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LaMontagne 1 Whitley LaMontagne Professor Keith English 1102-40 W 22 February 2011 Helpless: The Desensitization of Children Do not wish your childhood away! A statement told to children who feel it is simply too difficult to be a child and wish for the life of an adult. The projected life of a child is seen as one of joy, laughter, and occasional discipline for making foolish mistakes from time to time. It is true that not everyone may have experienced the perfect childhood, yet countless individuals would not reject the opportunity to relive a day in their upbringing. However, there are children today forcibly enduring such pressure, which many adults have not faced in their lifetime. These children are known as child soldiers, and are present in all parts of the globe. Pressuring children, as young as seven years old, to serve in armed forces, makes it easier for desensitization to be the main force driving the children’s cooperation. The childhoods, which these kids have to endure is not worth visiting, and leaves lasting impressions on those fortunate enough to disengage from a life of fighting. The Commanders take control over the children through the process of desensitization; without such a process, children would be too frightened to be involved in any type of armed forces. An essay discussing the psychological effects of war on child soldiers refers to the process of desensitizing as “entire units of children, often stripped of their families and those who are close to them” (Quigley 3). Children yearn for comfort from some type of guardian figure; following in the footsteps of a significant elder allows kids to recognize how to interact with the world around them. Removing children of their developmental foundation, family,
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LaMontagne 2 leaves them stranded, searching for answers. Later on in the essay “Psychological Effects of War
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