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The Scream

This is not Munch’s The Scream. It is children screaming. I met another screaming child today. He and his sister and parents were coming the other way and the screaming child was just beside himself with whatever was going on inside his head. He was half running half staggering, and screaming as he went. Really screaming. He was nearer to being afflicted rather than communicating, if that is possible. I say ‘another’ screaming child because I am seeing more of them. In my mind’s eye I can hear someone say ‘In my day we’d have given them a clip around the earhole’. I picture a conservatively-dressed man saying it. He means that the modern world has its priorities mixed up. In his view, parents don’t know how to control their children. The law says they can’t lay a finger on them: With corporal punishment forbidden, the parents are powerless. Just like the teachers in the schools. And he means that the children are probably doped up on food additives and junk food. He means that …