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Subject:  Re: Fathers and Sons Date:  4/21/2013  6:58 PM
Author:  AdvocatusDiaboli Number:  1872387 of 2211323

Where did you get these distorted ideas about Egypt?

The genital mutilation part? WHO statistics.

What is happening in Egypt now is shocking to me. It was/is nothing like the wonderful people I met then and the historic Egypt I saw on my travels there.

Someone can be a wonderful person and suffer from serious mental illness at the same time. Traditional societies tend to offer a very stable and pretty facade but harbour epidemic levels of trauma, abuse and mental illness.
Most of the people you met, behind the smiles, they have deep emotional wounds and carry with them a great deal of pain.

Had you visited my home country Germany in 1928, you would have been similarly impressed by the nice people there. But child-rearing in the 19th and early 20th century had been singularly disciplinarian brutal (along the lines that you had to beat the devil out of your three-year-old, etc.).
Those already traumatized children were then sent off to fight World War I, the most gruesome war imaginable, and the survivors came back emotionally scarred and many suffering from PTSD. The upending of the social order and the impoverishment during the hyperinflation didn't exactly help.
The mental health of German society overall was in a very bad state when the 30s came, and those nice, but very sick people elected Hitler, burned down the continent and sent their neighbors off to concentration camps.
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