Robert D. Clark and Hill Walker’s Idea of “Escalation”
Most occurrences, whether they are large or small, are not merely isolated happenings, but part of a greater chain of being, so to speak. Each event leads to another, following a sort of pre-projected path, either increasing to a point of intensity, or decreasing from it. This theory has been discussed in a number of milieus: evolution, international politics, and child behavior. The latter was studied closely by former UO Professor Hill Walker, and he developed a specific theory, outlining the steps of this escalation, and what can be done to prevent its reaching catastrophic levels.