Opportunities for Legislators (All Levels)
The people who draft, debate, and pass local, state, and federal laws have an unparalleled opportunity to alert people in their jurisdic-tions to the [wounds + unawareness] cycle and its toxic effects. More to the point, they can mandate that people must learn about these, and learn how to protect the next generation from these effects.
Legislators hold the power for the greatest defense against un-wise marriages and unqualified child conceptions. They could require engaged couples to demonstrate that they (a) understood the [wounds + unawareness] cycle, and (b) had assessed for psycho-logical wounds and were committed to effective personal recovery.
Legislators could also mandate that people demonstrate they were able to nurture a child adequately, or impose some meaningful sanctions. The social and economic costs of not having these re-quirements (the current U.S. norm) is beyond meaningful estimation. It amounts to tacitly promoting nation-wide child abuse.