Inside Out - As life affords and consequences follow..
As is often commented prisons don’t work, I heard it again today and said with great passion and with a certainty which is born in experience. I have respect for anyone who gets to realise what works and what does not, wherever they may be. It does not mean I share all their sentiments. I just know why it is so. I can reason, for many, prison does not work to deter certain behaviour and consequences. Indeed a spell in prison can be a life saver rather than being out in the world and heading for an early death. Or worse living in more degrading circumstances than prison offers.
So in the prison, it is never like we see second hand on TV or film. Sure we know there are bars. Its what we see when we meet and listen with care to how people get to be where they are.
Our laws are clear, yet the extent to which we see those in privileged positions bend them, live another day in freedom and also the risks of getting away with things can make all our laws seem worthless when living outside society.
What is barbaric, that people risk their liberty? Or that people don’t care so much about the consequences until they are real.
I don’ t know the answers to these questions or feel in a position to judge one way or another.
It takes years to become a Judge I guess, to know the law and to practice and implement it. Lawmakers we all are as we vote and make our decisions through those who represent us.
Judges know one part of the practice of punishment, that is to deal the sentence they can. And make sure those who break the law are punished.
And I still wonder if prison is the right way. Or is it just part of redemption.
We do not know always, how people find themselves criminals, we may understand it, and be appalled by it, yet for me now I question how we help those who can be helped, who can have a future and who can redeem themselves. I know society tries and maybe my one visit prompts me to want to help those who are inclined to change. How best to do this?
I guess I need seek guidance from those who do this, and if my efforts to share a life, free, to live a straightforward and productive life, then I can enquire further. I am not a "do gooder." I see there is good to be done. And indeed my efforts may be marginal and truly just a very small part to help with a massive problem, a small contribution can be very worthwhile.
How we turn out in society is often about the opportunities we have. I can see how people fall into bad ways. We humans are just skin deep civilised, there is much we can learn and much always to do.
And I do have deep reflections, deeper understanding. And clearly a lot to learn always about our human condition.
24th November 2006
Seems like the world is full of assassins of one sort or another. Looking at the BBC history and the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, a Russian spy died yesterday and the murders in Baghdad, the biggest slaughter of all this week we know of. And of course Africa where so many die every day. it’s a bad week indeed.
For so called civilised societies we are really not doing very well. Wherever we endeavour to put right the wrongs of the past, so much bilge comes up to choke democracy and choke any form of freedom. Old scores and new ideas. Old hates and no reconciliation. Colonial blunders and money makers rub their hands.
If there is no reason for economic or geo political divides, what reasons would there be for wars and assassins, have we learned so little? Or is it the nature of the world to enable such self destructive force as humanity to destroy, and we humans really only have skin deep civilisation?
It all depends on where we are and what we do. For all those still blood letting the price is as horrid and tragic as those who are dead. For the dead the pain maybe over, for the living yet more as old scores and new ideas foster more and more challenge to the status quo and what we are all about.
Is as blind as always as mankind fumbles with higher purpose and divine notions. There seems little appeasement or forgiveness about.
Where assassins roam and cause terror and havoc. And Iraq, reeling from impossible dreams of two world leaders who had no foresight or understanding of what forces they let go as soon as they went away from International law and sanctions. The gloves off and every form of resentment is played out over and over. What folly? What stupidity let this happen, and all for the sake of doctrine and gain. For if there were no gain why do all this at all.
New Living Old Ideas
Seems something has to give along these lines. As we get with new living everyday, old ideas may have or have no place in our world. New living! As if it were the answer to everything. Old sayings like if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, well we do need to keep up with modern times and be happy with change in our living.
We all live it even when we prefer old ideas and methods. And the world is spinning ever faster as we learn more, and get on with life in our global world. Yes we are global and interdependent as mass moves and immigration and people just are able to move more than ever before.
Law and Order
The fabric of society as global conflict comes live in our own backyard. And dinosaur politics and old fashioned wars are never going to resolve a thing. Order and structure are broken and so many see the answer lies in their own hands. Never before have we failed to see that assimilation is not happening, that there is no respect of diversity, and every day firmer lines are drawn in the sand.
The only difference these days is the sand shifts, the line drawn cannot be seen, the enemies if we might suggest are not behind that line. For there is no line when the enemy is within. Terror on our streets? Not really, just the terror of leaders who mistake the new globalisation the new way forward.
As time moves every citizens nearer to their neighbour, it is not geography which separates us, its more firmly ideology and purpose.
The old borders are gone, the old ideology is not going to work. The defining of the nation state is in flux and all peoples are merging forever and relentlessly.
We may worry in our geopolitical naiveté, and economic bases where the next threat comes. It comes from within as societies merge or diverge with extremes and governments lost and scratching their heads for the next move and security.
There is none these days for any citizen as the mighty economies roll on. What emerges is rich and poor across the old global boundaries. And the haves and have nothing will feel the threats on their door step.
Old Revolutions and Industry
The old concepts are crumbling and hard to define. The new Revolution upon us, where mankind finally start to realise that global difference is not working, that diversity is not just a notion and theory, that it resides at home right now. That respect for the state and all this implies, its being lost to new pressures which cannot be stopped. We are merging irrevocably in time. How we respond rather than react becomes the new issue in these revolutions and times.
Old ideas founder as people cling to the rocks of their past, shifting sands and no boundaries to separate. Diversity is coming regardless of will. And in these times of change the human costs will be great. Old monoliths are useless and unable to react.
Global Cultures and Diversity
Inevitable and moving along. We sit in our own problem always and forever where we look for difference and not the similarities. Human beings so similar without nurture, merely driven mad by difference born of ignorance and misunderstandings.
As human beings are emerging and understanding more, there is hope for the future, if we don’t kill ourselves in the process.
The outcomes may be good or to our everlasting shame, as all mankind need work out there is no advantage, except one, unity and diversity, common purpose based on acceptance. Or there will be no future. In my book, all bets are off and the new ideology emerges, either everyman for himself or everyman for everybody. We decide in ignorance at our peril or start informing rather than judging
November 24th 2005
Thanks and Giving
Ever since man has walked the earth, formed society and put land to use, there has been a celebration of bounty. Our human capacity for Joy and Happiness enables an outlook and opportunity for celebration.
We think we are very advanced as entities, and compared to what we know, we are! As we look back on our heritage and our development, we see similarities and beliefs stretching across all continents of the world. Our humanity is so striking and similar we might wonder why we fight and squabble, bicker and fall out. And yet… We pounce on difference as an animal falls on lesser prey. We keep down the weak and needy, and glory in our own bounty. And we defend our wealth because we made it, and anyone with self will and determination can do what we do! Anyone with a strong heart, grit and determination can make it in this world in the lands of the free and meritocracy we revere across a world of commerce. And any mind with capacity can see the true capacity of this world. What we develop comes from resource, that resource is nature. We have raw resource, the earth, we have our resource, and we have application. When we celebrate our thanks, we celebrate happenstance. When we celebrate success, a wise
fellow knows its currency. It remains always "in good faith". Forget our fellow man at our peril when we celebrate thanksgiving. And as a President reminded those who would raise themselves above their fellows and decree a power greater than they:
"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of
November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth. Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, 3 October 1863." Whether it is God, Nature or mankind a time will come when we in our own "good conscience" will right the past wrongs of time and circumstance…
November 25th 2004
Rise above little things. Be a big thinker. You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, dream big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, image big, love big, live big. Carry that list and you'll start feeling big. Be a believer and you'll be an achiever
Big is right size thinking, big is as big as it is. Sometimes we feel less than we are, we feel that the importance of me is smaller than others. This estimate of our bigness is directly related to our feelings of self worth. Everyone is big in their own way. Some have bigness thrust upon them, that is bigness to lead and to show by example. Never forget that your bigness is the equal of any others. Because someone can fly, means they have wings, we all have wings, its just that we don't see them always, when others do!