As a non native speaker of English I'm having difficulty in understanding the exact meaning of this sentence. What I have understood I will write it down. The paragraph goes like that
Dirty games are sick, and the outcome of screwed up developmental history, of neurotic, unfair, unfeeling upbringing -- in the family, in society, in the midst of cultural monstrosities that institutionalize abuse and maintain it as a norm. People grow up twisted and starved for love -- but because they are twisted and have no other frame of reference for human relationships, the way they seek love (or reject it in favor of unfeeling stances) also comes out all distorted and abnormal. "All is fair" only in psychopathic or sociopathic consciousness. Not in love and not even in war.
What I understand is that - Dirty games develop out of bad upbringing and after that I cannot understand till the word norm. After that I understand the other lines. Can anybody simplify the sentences?
in the midst(middle) of cultural monstrosities(huge/evil) that institutionalize abuse(?) and maintain it as a norm. It's what I tried.