Artists who work in wood can create astonishingly delicate sculptures. The tools used include jig and circular saws, routers, planers, and drills. Sandpaper with a fine grain can make a wood surface feel as smooth as silk.
But the reverse is, also, true. Because sandpaper is abrasive, it can create a coarse surface, spoiling the natural beauty of wood. Badly machining wood can create defects which limit its usefulness.
Abuse can do the same to us.
The fragility of children evokes a desire to protect in most sane adults.
Abusers, by contrast, seem to delight in destroying that fragility. Innocence does not act as a brake on their actions. Instead, it evokes an insatiable perverted hunger or a deep-seated hatred for what is pure and unattainable.
Either way, the impact on children is the same. They are grist for the mill, victims of appetites they cannot comprehend, consumed by the selfishness of more powerful adults as their predecessors were once sacrificed to the god Molech .
Cutting wood mechanically forces a structural failure in the wood. The process is influenced by the direction of the force applied and the strength of the wood, itself (a quality related both to the species of wood, and moisture content of a particular tree) .
This is very like the impact abuse has on children. The relationship between an abuser and his/her victim, the type of abuse, its severity, the length for which it takes place, the age of the victim, and the resources that victim brings to the situation all play a role. Continue reading