Like, there seemed to be a time just a few decades ago where it used to be seen as acceptable to whack a kid with a paddle or belt every time they misbehaved. Even as late as the 90s I recall people scoffing at the idea of spanking being abuse.
I think nowadays the consensus is that spanking is indeed abuse and that there are better ways of raising children. But I don’t see these ideas as being so profound that they wouldn’t have been thought of 50 or even 500 years ago. So if our current views on corporal punishment are so superior, why was it so popular back in the day? My only conclusion is that it simply had to have made sense somehow, but I can’t put my finger on it.
My thoughts are, people simply didn’t have that many choices as to who they wanted to be back in the day, and group survival depended more heavily on people taking on societal roles that they otherwise wouldn’t have if they weren’t beaten into it. But that’s just my guess.