Looking down on schoolgirls who fall pregnant
WE MAY have been around for just a few minutes in the evolutionary cycle, but this probably amounts to a few million years.
So, we are uncertain where and when the concepts of guilt, shock, shame and conscience first began to develop in the human mind. But they must have had a beginning, before gradually being installed and forcefully conditioned within the human brain.
The front page article in last week’s Sunday Tribune Herald reminds us of the “high and mighty, holier than thou,” moral ground that society continues to take against unwanted pregnancies among schoolgirls.
There is always some explanation for why society frowns and looks down on girls who allow themselves to fall into the oldest trap known, other than just the one connected to morality.
And that is to do with the practicality of the orderly preservation of the human race.
A child born out of wedlock seldom enjoys maternal love and attention; the baby is often dumped with frail grandparents.
Thoughtful education is mostly second-grade. Nature dislikes weakness, which eventually could lead to self-destruction.
So society, without even realising it, cries “shame”, for the wrong reason, but in so doing assists the evolutionary cycle to preserve our existence.
It is probably, a spontaneous instinct, a knee-jerk warning, hidden behind an undefined “shame” for females to be wary, of the notions of “guilt “and “rejection” to preserve order by shaming the unfortunate “fallen” females, in an attempt to prevent others from falling into this trap.
E S ESSA Durban