We can marvel at a child's seemingly supernatural growth spurt in cognitive functioning -- for example, the enviable ability to learn language at speeds that leave most adult brains in the dust. But this sponge-like quality doesn't only absorb the positive stuff with breakneck efficiency; it's also highly susceptible to the negative.
September is usually a time in American sports when devoted sports fans are treated to both baseball pennant races and the start of the NFL season. Traditionally, it's a time when stars are born and veterans build their legacies.
By learning about the science of childhood adversity, and following the lead of many other organizations that are becoming trauma-informed, the NFL could have players whose families are happier and healthier, it could have better players.
I have a daughter who will be off to college in a few years. But I also have a son. And as much as I pray for her to stay safe and smart, I'm teaching him to not be a rapist.
By suspending Mr. Simmons, ESPN has demonstrated that, like the NFL, it too places a higher priority on profits than on sending a proper message about domestic violence and in essence condones the shielding of domestic violence perpetrators.
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers' health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks. We're not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.
The rituals of Sunday afternoon have become integrated into our culture. And when there is negative news, even if it involves the NFL, where do fans turn? They turn to the actual games for the excitement and respite from day-to-day life.
If you have been a victim of someone else that had stayed, learn to live and let go. Learn to teach the next generations what you have seen through your own personal trauma and in return heal yourself.
The twitterverse has already begun scoffing at ESPN's clear conflict of interest between reporting on sports "news" and being a partner with the sports whose programming it carries.
It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.
In sum, there is a cultural zeitgeist occurring within America at the moment. And that cultural zeitgeist is the fact that our entire society is now paying attention to women's issues such as rape and domestic violence in a way that has never happened before.
While it's not feasible that a hotline advocate will ever make even 1/20 of an NFL player's annual salary, it's imperative advocates are paid closer to a solid middle class wage.
The seemingly endless saga of Ray Rice and his fellow miscreants raises some fundamental questions about the role of athletes in American culture.
If you get your jollies from watching organizations dig themselves deeper into a brewing crisis, then what's going on right now in the NFL is giving you the biggest endorphin spike of your life.
Well, I did it. A whole weekend -- plus Monday night -- without football. No Sunday NFL, no Saturday college (non-pro) football, no Monday night football. None. Zero. Nada. And here I am to tell the tale.
The biggest example of sociopathic behavior related to the NFL has nothing to do with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. It has to do with us, because we're all content to turn a blind eye to this stuff and watch the next game.