see you are still going right to authority and punishment and fear of aggression as an ethical standard. I thought that the point of not hitting your children was to AVOID THIS kind of thinking.
You would be found guilty of 40 counts of battery if you were to go out and "smack" 40 people in the face and they all reported it.
Because you don't have the right to go around hitting people.
"proof of battery" is another legal jerkoff term that means nothing whatsoever. Being battered is proof of battery. No one that gets slapped can stand next to someone that was battered and say, "us" like the broken-down, twisted, malformed victim and the idiot who got slapped are in the same condition. Except in court, but that speaks to my statement about fear of authority.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"