QUOTE(Thievesvinegar @ May 13 2006, 03:15 AM) [snapback]394465[/snapback]
arche, I don't know if we can pinpoint only culture. And if we do, doesn't that excuse the individual from commiting these actions, or relieve some of the burden? Every individual is subject to culture, but it's in the choice to overcome it.
In a sense, it can be fairly well argued that many current mental disorders although not primarily caused by soical factors are seriously triggered by social factors. There is no way to get in the head of each person. I think the balance, however, is to push the social order by exposing things like this in a serious way.
We do all need to be careful about allowing "justification" defenses because of this, however. There need to be mechanisms in society to help cut out this defense. In the US, there are so many opportunities for help for people that it should become even harder for someone to use a justification defense as people have little excuse for not seeking help here.