For those that egged houses and cars in HS

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  1. acura9927

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    Do you have any regrets about the damage you did to people's property. I had my house and car egged back in High school, this was late 80s. My car's paint was never the same and the house had egg marks on it forever. Now that some of you have grown up and are raising kids maybe do you feel remorse.?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    No. Children lack maturity and perspective, and it would be silly and onerously self-punitive to carry into adulthood remorse for silly things you did as a twelve year old. There are good neuropsychological reasons why the judicial system ultimately doesn't hold kids responsible for their behaviors.
     
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    These were 17 and 18 years old at the time. Pretty good age to know what the word property damage is. And yes a simple egg today can still cause thousands in paint damage to a car. I hardly call people one year away from university children.
     
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  5. acura9927

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    And I know remorse, one time a girl wrote me a note and I ripped it up in front of her. To this day more than 20 years I wish I could go back in time and take that action back.
     
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  6. ollinger

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    Be grateful it wasn't a machine gun in a movie theatre.
     
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  7. Fearsome Forehand

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    I actually do feel bad and regret the stupid things I did as a kid. I realize that I was a kid and lacked perspective and maturity but I still did those things. I acted like an idiot and so did most of my friends. It wasn't like our parents did not teach us better. But, when left unsupervised much of our training went out the window, unfortunately. We never egged houses or cars, but lawn jobs, exploding mail boxes, soaping windows, etc., were commonplace. I had acquaintances in high school who broke into cars, drove drunk/high as a matter or routine, acquaintances that were drug dealers. Hard to believe now but that was normal back then.

    This is why I always say that the guys who do deals with kids in the classifieds must have very selective memories about what they and their friends were like in high school and college. :)
     
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  8. bad_call

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    well posted !!! and some of us took longer to mature...self included. ;)
     
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    I regret some of my behaviors when I was a child, but I'm pretty sure that is how we mature. We make mistakes, we regret, and then we learn.
     
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  10. ollinger

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    ^^ ethologists even say that evolution favored childhood impulsivity and carelessness as a way to learn how to function as an adult. There's a process of "dendrite pruning" that goes on in our brains as teenagers, a kind of rewiring and eliminating extraneous circuits. Some neuroscientists believe that schizophrenia, a disorder of poor impulse control among other features, occurs because dendritic pruning is insufficient, and there's some evidence for this. Schizophrenia most often begins in late teens or early twenties.
     
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    Everyone has indiscretions they should feel bad about. Some never feel bad because they are incapable (antisocial personality disorder) or unwilling (immature).
     
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  13. sureshs

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    You are talking only about minor pranks I presume? Because it took a recent Supreme Court decision to void death penalty for juveniles.
     
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  14. sureshs

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    Back when I was a kid, antisocial behavior from boys was widely tolerated and condoned. I am glad times have changed. Children and their parents (if necessary) should be held responsible for any harm they do to others. If someone breaks my window, it is my expense, regardless of who did it. I would want to recover the money if possible and make sure the person is punished. I am also glad that the practice of schoolboys routinely harassing schoolgirls is now classified as sexual harassment and dealt with appropriately.
     
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    I don't disagree with your theory, but my guess is the long term damage from old school public taunting is smaller than "silent/private" electronic bullying in this higher tech world.
     
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    The two most predictive childhood behaviors in the psych. literature are fire-setting and frying bugs with a magnifying glass. Fire-setters frequently grow up to be fire-setters, and bug fryers have a very high rate of adult sociopathy.
     
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    I read that all the time, but old school public taunting was not limited to taunting but also ended up in fights and injury.
     
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  18. LuckyR

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    I believe physical wounds heal better and faster than emotional ones
     
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    But a lot of things got settled on the playground. Now everyone has to go to weeks counseling to feel better. Years ago you just thumped the other person ( or got thumped) and settled the differences that way. The cyber bullying thing is WAY out of control. That stuff needs to stop or, IMO, that / those person(s) need to go straight to jail. same with the people that do the computer virus thing. JAIL, for a long, long, long time!
     
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    That is interesting and seems like a logical explanation for how schizophrenia could develop. It is also interesting to think about the role societal pressure plays in that equation and also the idea of ones peers going through the same experience at the same time while helping to shape that rewiring. Thanks for pointing that out, food for thought.
     
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  22. jmverdugo

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    I did some pretty stupid things while I was a kid. Most of the time we just didn't now better and did not think on the consequences of our actions, I have very few regrets though, I was a KID!

    Having said that, I think there are some stages that is better to burn as a child than as a teen or a grownup.
     
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  23. diredesire

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    Man, I think I missed out on a lot when I was a kid... :shock:
     
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  24. Fearsome Forehand

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    That is because you never left the library. :)

    Trust me, you didn't miss anything.
     
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    I have no regrets of what I did in high school, locking people in the basement and burning down the house. These are naturally and healthy acts of expression that are part of growing up.

    As I matured, I realized that I was wasteful by burning perfectly good human meat. I have taught my sons to make human jerkey and save them for the coming apocalypse if Obama start raising taxes on the rich.

    Remember, preserve, conserve human meat.
     
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