Imagination and Violence
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Our most chronic young criminals often have no capacity for internal imaging. Lacking this they must resort to primitive, physical, sensory motor, reflexive responses to the world, which is often violent. Children who develop imagination when confronted with a challenge can imagine an alternative to it, often a nonviolent alternative. The Swedish Pediatric Institute confirmed that the more developed a child’s imagination the less violent the child is. Again, video and computer images, screen time, retards the development of true imagination. Plus the violent images on the screen stimulate a corresponding physical response in the child, a one-two devolutionary punch.