Sunday, March 12, 2006
To the patriarchy:
judges, lawyers, the police, and most of all to the taxpayers that support them all,
It's us again, we're still here. Like it or not, for good or for bad, we are here.
Who are we? We are the downtrodden, the dispossessed. We are the self-torturing, the disenfranchised, the convicts. The drug and alcohol addicts. We are the unemployed and the unemployable. We are children of poverty, both financial and spiritual. We have, and will have children of our own, grandchildren even. We are ex-cons, uninsured, homeless. We are of countless colors and we speak in a myriad tongues, but we are all of one race. We are soldiers in an apposing army, we are the enemy in a domestic war against ourselves.
And who are you? You who like the tough talk of tough on crime. You who watches the budgets for health care, for drug treatment, and for education, hemorrhage while you militarize your police force. Bullet-proof vests, automatic weapons, helicopters, gang units. Does that make you feel like a hero? The testosterone is gushing up from the cracks and it looks like innocent blood, flowing in the streets. I can't help but wonder how you plan to make your amends with the dead.. Do you want to share you plan? No don't bother... I already know. More prisons, longer sentences, tighten the belt, Spartan conditions. And what is there to show for it? Unemployment stays low because a quarter of us is fighting a bogus war for oil and glory and another quarter of us are "out of the work force" the dregs, the rabble, the enemy? Our soldier in a fight we can't win.
Do you feel safer? More humane? More like a super-hero? More like Captain America... or like his red white and blue shield? Do you feel more like a cohesive society now that you can identify us and them? Do you live in a gated community or a gentrified neighborhood? Have you read the constitution or do you just know the first few lines? Have you read the Bible, or the Torah or the Koran? Or do you just blindly quote the dogma?
You know it's about time we get together, like Jesus and the tax collectors. Please know I have yet to meet a convict who wants their child to be a thief, an addict, a dealer, a prostitute, or I violent individual. Most of us still have hope for ourselves even when stuck in the darkest dilemmas, ruts and catch-22s. Most of us believe in crafting laws and instilling order, many of us have burrowed beneath the surface to find a spiritual sense of being, an underlying force at least as powerful as that which we have succumbed to. Many of us wouldn't escape if you opened the front door. Did you know that approximately 10 million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or once were in one of those categories. Each of those 10 million has families, friends, neighbors... and so closer and closer does that inner enemy come... more and more does the we intermingle with the you. Don't you think it's time you asked if this system works?
are you ready to face the answer to that examination? Are you ready to be on the other end of the interrogation? Can you accept that the road we are traveling on points toward a grim and painful future? Can you accept that it might mean the end of our race? Do you have the grace to face the monumental failures of the system you put all your stock in? Do you have the steel heart to struggle beyond the comfort your in now? I know that some of you are ready to admit your wrong and I know that some of us have the grace to hear that. And it is that fact that gives me the hope to go on. You need our insights and we need yours. It's never over... especially not now as a vaccine is finally coming together for societies' ills
Thursday, March 3, 2005
11:25AM - Help?
In my Journalism class I am to find different opinions of people about President Bush. To makes things a little easier if you could please just post your e-mail address, phone number, or whatever method you would like to be contacted by, I will then contact you and conduct the "interview" and go from there.
THE QUESTION: "Do you agree with the spending President Bush is doing for the war in Iraq? Why or why not."
WHAT IS NEEDED: I need to find people whom I do not know and gather their responses and present them to my professor. Basically, if you would be so kind as to post your e-mail address I will e-mail you the main question along with your name, contact info. etc and take your information down. Apparently my professor is contacting our 'subjects' to ensure they exsist and we did not know them prior to asking the question, etc.
I would greatly appreciate your help with this. Please understand that your opinion(s) would only be shared between yourself, myself and my professor, however, if you do not feel confortable offering your opinion I understand.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
hiya, i'm new here and hoping to find some help for an essay i'm writing. :)
so, i decided to discuss reasons that would justify a person to kill another.
what do you guys think, what could be good reasons? (such as self-defense, abortion, fighting for independence/country/etc?)
thanks in advance!
10:25AM - Simplicity
As I continue my training, in hopes of participating and possibly winning the world martial arts championships, I find that the more powerful and skilled I become the more I wish for a simple life, without the interaction of humanity and society. I wish to just live in the woods, and live off the land, or at least just live off the land undisturbed by the world. I wish for a simple life with no worries other the the work that will produce the resources I will love off of.
If anyone else has felt similiar desires, please tell me about them!
What happened that made you feel that way?
why do you think you felt that way?
Sunday, April 25, 2004
10:08PM - Everybody's Talking...
Hello everyone. I am new to this community so I thought I'd make a introduction post to start things off with. I enjoy philosophy, psychology, sociology, and the like. My favorite writer/philosopher is Albert Camus. If anyone has anything they want to ask me, feel free to do so.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
9:54AM - What can we be ... ?
Humans have evolved from primates, so we all believe. However, since all things evolve to fit several purposes what do you think humans will evolve into now?
Take into consideration the several purposes that species evolve to accomodate. Such as in humanities case, we evolved from the primate to be better able to survive. The gifts of preconcievable thought, better comunication abilities, stronger more agile bodies in terms of speed and versatility, all these gifts were meant to produce the effect of better survivle. However we continued to evolve and civilization was born, for human genes determined this new mutation of community welfare to be a more able way to survive. But humans do not face those exact situations anymore, in fact our situation changes far more rapidly than our bodies can evolve. We now face survival at different levels, such as survival within the structure of society, survival in a word full of excessively powerful killing devices, survival against the increasingly intelligent minds of our enemies both out of country and wihtin out own.
There are far more factors to consider, however I have a time limit here and it is soon to be exhausted.
State not only your answers but also the factors that I have not stated here. If you would please.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
What's going on with this election? How do you feel about what Bush has been saying, and what Kerry has been saying, and how Nadar is back again?
Sunday, December 14, 2003
Saddam? Is it you?
What are your thoughts on this situation...?
Monday, December 1, 2003
If a bum came up to you on the street would you give him money?
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Does who is saying a statemnet affect what is said?
I personally think that we should listen to what is said over who says it, but i find it hard to take that judgment of who a person is away from what is said. If that wasn't confusing enough.. :-P