1. An abused child.
2. One of a repressed minority.
They’re both unpleasant. A fuller explanation won’t be forthcoming. Sorry.
In the process of contemplating the above, I also came to understand something that has puzzled me all my life – why the British public school system treated its young male charges in such a cruel and unjust manner during the days of Empire. The reason given by the Establishment – that it toughens them up – was obviously a lie. It was done to condition them to the view that treating the disempowered (like women and indigenous peoples) in a cruel and unjust manner was normal and even right.
But enough for now. It’s been a bad weekend and I’m not at all happy.