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- Kim O'Hara
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Thanks - sensible and practical.
There's one point your younger self didn't explore, however. You noted that, "By the age of eighteen, a majority of Americans have seen thousands of deaths portrayed on television," but how many Americans have seen a dead person - let alone seen a person die - by that age? Or even by their thirties or forties?
America is a much more violent place than Australia but my own experience is not unusual here: I did not see a dead person - at all - until I was over forty. I'm sure many Americans are similarly unfamiliar with human death. And of course the unknown is scary simply because it's unknown.
As a country kid, at least I had often seen dead animals - pets, farm animals, wildlife - and had killed animals myself, so I was familiar enough with death as such. But most of the population these days is urbanised, so many young people don't even have that level of knowledge.
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