- Feb 2013
- Coastal Florida
It's a sad day for Historum when it's members don't appear to even know what history is. Under that standard, your attempt to limit the consideration of this topic to a question of morality doesn't belong in a historical discussion either as morality is properly a concern of philosophy and not history. Practically speaking, however, your standard is complete nonsense. Specifically, history has conventionally been defined as covering the period associated with written records, which have existed for only about 5000 years. This is why the period before written records is called pre-history. While my treatment of the subject matter draws significantly from anthropological and psychological perspectives, it's also explicitly historical, by definition, as we do, in fact, have extant written records which inform the topic. History is a very broad discipline which is comprised of all recorded events and intersects with all other disciplines which encompass those events. Strictly speaking, only present, future and pre-historical concerns of other disciplines can be excluded from history. Anthropology is basically the study of human interactions between themselves and their environment as well as their biology so all inquiries concerning anthropology clearly intersect with and are a part of history to the extent that we're examining past societies. Inquiries concerning psychology likewise clearly intersect with and are encompassed by history to the extent that the minds and behaviors of people comprising those past societies are under consideration.You don't want to discuss it as a historical event though. You've said you want us to avoid all of the historical context it occurred in, and not discuss it as a matter of morality either. Rather, you want us to consider in a vacuum whether "young boys being groomed at an early age is good for them". That's a question of psychology, not history. Any historical element it connects to has been removed by you as irrelevant to your question. It would be like posting on here asking "where do you stand on the science of Einstein's work towards a unified theory... it happened during the history of the world, so this forum seemed like the logical place to discuss it" (it isn't, a science forum is the place to go).