“The Woodworking Shop” by Charles Palmie, Source http://www.bassenge.com/ (PD-Art l Old-100)
Artists who work in wood can create astonishingly delicate sculptures. The tools used include jig and circular saws, routers, planers, and drills. Sandpaper with a fine grain can make a wood surface feel as smooth as silk.
But the reverse is, also, true. Because sandpaper is abrasive, it can create a coarse surface, spoiling the natural beauty of wood. Badly machining wood can create defects which limit its usefulness.
Abuse can do the same to us.
The fragility of children evokes a desire to protect in most sane adults.
Abusers, by contrast, seem to delight in destroying that fragility. Innocence does not act as a brake on their actions. Instead, it evokes an insatiable perverted hunger or a deep-seated hatred for what is pure and unattainable.
Either way, the impact on children is the same. They are grist…