I have told DOB in the past that I do not recall ever personally being spanked. DOB mentioned this to my younger brother, Toolboy, when we were visiting my family last month.
Toolboy rolled his eyes. "Oh, I remember you being spanked. Mostly for beating up on me."
Hmmm. Notwithstanding Jeremy's analysis, I don't know that these spankings did much to convince me of the evils of violence. (Nor, as far as I can tell, did they do much to reinforce it.) What caused my violent side to gradually decline was discovering far greater talents of moral persuasion and argument. What put a stop to it altogether was when Toolboy grew eight inches taller than me and doubled my body weight.
I'm not sure what the moral of that is.