"Children are drawn to violent games because all children know they lack agency and power–and what is more powerful than being feared? In that primitive, lizard-brain way? That’s the child’s calculus. The cookie jar gets put out of reach. You think, “if only I could wish it down, magically bring it here, if only, if only, if only…” and that in turn can become “if only I could make it so no one could ever take my cookie jar away.”

The late Adrienne Rich said of violence “Violence begins where language fails.” So I think of that a lot around this. When you don’t know how to feel powerful, or you don’t know how to get what you want, or to get your way, and you lack for the moral stamina to endure deprivation, then you reach for the inappropriate ways."

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