One of the saddest things that can be done…
“Have you ever had a child on your lap sitting there enjoying himself, just talking about something or eating candy or something of the sort, and then wrap your arms around the child lightly—you’re not hurting the child, but just wrap your arms around him in a closed loop? That child wants to be gone right there.
“One of the saddest things that can be done to life is to imprison and constrain it against its own will. That is why we have invented the prison, because it breaks men; it finishes them! The same thing with a child, so you just carry over the period of natural attention span with this child and the child is immediately going to start getting restive, and you’re going to have to put on constraint.
“And how is that child going to act to constraint? He’s going to be out of contact with you the next time because you’re just like every other grown-up: you try to pen him up.”
L. Ron Hubbard
“Child Dianetics—Part II”
8 November 1950