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The child could be a symbol of our sought after unity, an object of our love and adoration, a manifestation of beauty, but the Establishment has transformed the child into what some linguistics practitioners call a signifier (the signifier being the word, the signified the thing or idea it represents). Child thus becomes 'sexually endangered/abused child'. For the more thoughtful, this of course creates the paradox where we have become accustomed to see children through the eyes of the ‘paedophile’, thus all in a sense becoming ‘paedophiles’. This new signifier of the ‘child’ is more virulent than just about any other term in bringing out the very worst in human misanthropy and paranoia. Why it has happened in our times requires much reflection and perhaps future historians will provide some answers. - Brian Rothery



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Taken on July 4, 2012