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cookiecatcher
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AlfredCSM
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Should feral children be rehabilitated?

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Started: 2/10/2018 Category: Philosophy
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cookiecatcher

Con

Feral children being rehabilitated into our living standards is inhumane because of how it can negatively impact a child"s emotional and mental development.
Rehabilitations into human society can cause confusion with feral children"s perspectives of how they interpret the world. Feral children only have the experiences of how they survived in the wild to draw upon in a new alien lifestyle. However, being rehabilitated into the sophistication of human society forces them to attempt to make changes to this perspective. But this way of life is ingrained into the depths of the mind; this makes it impossible for a feral child to fully adapt to such a radically different lifestyle. This causes mental stress from built up frustrations due to not being able to adapt that makes it impossible for them to adapt into a new life.
Studies have shown that if a child doesn"t learn to communicate with a spoken language by a certain age, the lack of mental stimulus that learning the spoken language provides causes them to be mentally inferior to the average person. Human language provides a certain stimulation to the brain that cannot be satiated by the simple body language that the animals use to communicate. This linguistic barrier makes it progressively difficult for feral children to be reintroduced to society depending on how old they are.
The "redemption" of feral children is only an excuse for people to satisfy their egos to try to make themselves feel like they"re more than they actually are (some attempts to embody the ideal of a saviour.) Their intentions are to give the feral children more opportunities in life and to help them live life to the fullest. However, the reality is that the society that feral children are brought into, the paradise of opportunity and prosperity, is nothing more than a glorified prison for these people. Our society is made up of many rules and regulations to keep prosperity. We naturally want to share our prosperity with others but that"s where the problem lies. It is our idea of prosperity because of how we"re accustomed to these beliefs since birth. A feral child however, has a radically different upbringing and our visions of a prosperous and full life are not shared with the ideology of a feral child. What we see as a free culture with endless opportunities, a feral sees as nothing more than shackles and a world full of limits because of how they"re told what to do and how to do it all their life. This lifelong constriction will result in the feral developing an identity crisis which causes repressed emotions that will eventually result in lifelong depression.
AlfredCSM

Pro

I assume the stand that: feral children should be rehabilitated.

A quick Google search on "feral children" has provided me with a generally accepted definition: children who were denied (either purposefully or accidentally) adequate exposure to human social behavior/guidance. These children survived by their own free will or by integrating into animal societies (e.g. wolves and gazelles). The occurrence of feral children has no geographical boundaries, showing up in Ukraine, India, Africa, Germany etc. Having a clearer understanding of what feral children are, I shall begin addressing your points. (please feel free to correct me on the above definition if necessary)

In response to your statement that "Feral children being rehabilitated into our living standards is inhumane because of how it can negatively impact a child"s emotional and mental development.", I would like to invite you to consider the state of emotional and mental development of the feral child at the point of his/her discovery. Feral children have been deprived of human standards of emotional and mental development, it makes little sense in continuing to deny them of the opportunity to grow.

In response to your statement that "Rehabilitation into human society can cause confusion with feral children"s perspectives of how they interpret the world.", I can hardly disagree with you. The very fact that rehabilitation into human society is even being considered for these feral children confirms that the way they interpret the world around them is inadequate by human standards. Confusion is but a natural reaction when a human-being is faced with an unprecedented and foreign situation/problem.

In response to your statement that "Feral children only have the experiences of how they survived in the wild to draw upon in a new alien lifestyle. ", I have to remind you that it bears little to no consequence (how they survived in the wild) once rehabilitation has been successfully completed.

In response to your statement that "However, being rehabilitated into the sophistication of human society forces them to attempt to make changes to this perspective.", I once again can hardly disagree with you that changes to their perspective is forced upon them during the rehabilitation process. The definition of rehabilitation may be better understood by referring to these definitions: http://www.dictionary.com.... To rehabilitate means to restore, and in this case: to restore human aspects in the feral children.

In response to your statements that "But this way of life is ingrained into the depths of the mind; this makes it impossible for a feral child to fully adapt to such a radically different lifestyle. This causes mental stress from built up frustrations due to not being able to adapt that makes it impossible for them to adapt into a new life.", to conclude that it is impossible for the feral children to adapt to the new lifestyle is equivalent to concluding that their rehabilitation is impossible. Although I did not have the time to locate a present day example of a successful rehabilitation, please refer to the example of the work of Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard: https://www.intelltheory.com.... In this example, the indicator that Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard used was compassion (which arguably can be observed in more highly evolved animals like the chimpanzee as well).

In response to your statement that "Studies have shown that if a child doesn't learn to communicate with a spoken language by a certain age, the lack of mental stimulus that learning the spoken language provides causes them to be mentally inferior to the average person. ", I do believe that your reference to the limitation in a child's ability to develop linguistically after a certain age is valid. It is also very likely true that rehabilitated feral children will be mentally inferior than the average human. However, I do not agree with you that this limitation is a good enough reason to deny these feral children of a better/more advanced way of life through rehabilitation.

In response to your statement that "Human language provides a certain stimulation to the brain that cannot be satiated by the simple body language that the animals use to communicate.", I have to remind you that animals communicate on an entirely different basis compared to humans. In addition, to compare human body language with "animal body language" is akin to comparing a pencil with an electronic printer. There is a stark difference in their complexities and degree of advancement.

In response to your statement that "The "redemption" of feral children is only an excuse for people to satisfy their egos to try to make themselves feel like they"re more than they actually are (some attempts to embody the ideal of a saviour.)", I find your usage of the words "redemption" and "savior" hardly relevant. It may be true that some people consider the rehabilitation of feral children as an act of charity, which in turn satisfies their ego. However, I do not see how this should be reason enough to deny the feral children of a shot at rehabilitation. It is one thing to want to weed out the selfish people who satisfy their ego under the guise of charity, and another to allow a feral child to continue living his/her life way below his/her true human potential.
When I continue reading the next sentence "Their intentions are to give the feral children more opportunities in life and to help them live life to the fullest.", I find that it contradicts the sentence before it. So I would like to ask you if you actually stand for the argument that these people encouraging rehabilitation are just satisfying their ego or if they are encouraging rehabilitation to provide more opportunities and help the children live their lives to the fullest?

Every society is a "prison" if you picture it that way. Every society has a set of unspoken cultural rules set up by the founders of the society and agreed upon and adhered to by every member of the society. If you do not want to adhere to these rules and yet want to remain within the society, you will find that the rules bind you like the shackles in a prison.

Perhaps you would like to share more about the many definitions of "prosperity" as you so put forth. Prosperity is intangible, all the physical wealth and comfort is the translation of prosperity into something tangible. Please also clarify on the "beliefs since birth".

Finally, please substantiate this claim: This lifelong constriction will result in the feral developing an identity crisis which causes repressed emotions that will eventually result in lifelong depression.
Neither you nor myself will ever know if a feral child has actually already been depressed all his/her life while isolated from the human society. This is because the term "depression" is a description of a psychological state in terms of human behavior. Just because there is no feral definition for human depression does not mean that it does not exist. Please explain how rehabilitation can even induce a "lifelong constriction".

Feral children should definitely be rehabilitated because they are human after all. Human Rights Bodies have no reason to consider feral children as inhuman before making an attempt to rehabilitate them. In fact, I do believe that any life-form bearing the biological identity of a human-being should be afforded equal rights as any of us here on Debate.org.
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