Good day. Thanx for posting, great groups, etc.! I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be. Excellent articles, cool. This post I post routinely 🙂 As well, a partial synopsis of what I’ve DONE in my lifelong struggle against the death penalty in the last year alone 🙂 A member in dozens of organizations, projects, etc. (several in other countries), that are struggling against the death penalty, globally; and have done advocacy for hundreds of organizations that do the same globally; as well as donating to them, buying their advocacy merchandise and mailing to those I think would be interested, for example, purchased 30 death penalty shirts, most long-sleeved, almost all distributed (at no small expense to me, a diffabled person on a low fixed income with 2 kids); working on the municipal, state, national, international gov’t levels to end the death penalty through petitions, demonstrations, conferences (amnesty international faith based for example), online events, hundreds of phone calls, faxes, letters, letters to editors, emails, conversations, postings, et al; which I think would indicate to the rational that I’m struggling for the death penalty to end! D’accord. Yes, all people, as all life, are threads in the whole of the fabric of life, which will always need mending; yet, "we" can’t allow it to be torn asunder. The latest trends, since you’re interested, though, I’ve been saying these for decades 🙂 a) The discernments of the prison industrial complexes defacto-slavery (of inmates mainly) as an historical linkage to, and lineage of (in capitalist terms and plans) the post-slavery period and abolitionist movements charge. As the abolitionists of today are also charged, and taught by that history. Yet, I would add that these movements including the struggle against nuclear war, arms, and energy, are all linked, inextricably, as they have all life, like flies; snared in those webs. b) The re-education, reiteration of humanities evolutionary growth, as charge, and charges as growth, to meet the needs of the ‘materialism’ defined relation of middle to lower class as no more than those flies, all caught; just when, where, and why, varying. This conception of those classes as food for the military to prison industrial complexes, in a multitude of ways (especially men), thereby all dependent, on all sides, on its growth, is historically linked, and has sociological linkage to the same set of patriarchal sociological definitions of being as the empires of old; ergo, a key to opening the prison of globalization. c) The enabling and perpetuating of these societal cages determined by sociological programming, by other puppets of the corporate structure, like organized religions, academia, etc., underlies the conspiratorial processes efficacy across the broad spectrum of humanity, bound by these shores, for e.g.. Original sin, poverty as sin, inability to get work as failure, emotional life, communication, coordination and cooperation as weakness and justification for the perpetuation of determination of failure, etc., are some examples. Just as the hypocrisy of their redemption, etc., in supposed Christian dogma, also determines the same in a society where the delusional construct of winning or losing, kill or be killed, predator or prey, user or used prevails; and is determinedly propagated for those purposes, all based on the mothers milk of capitalism, ‘materialism’, which doesn’t even exist. A shaky house of cards they’ve built, no?
Yet, will "we" break those links in the chain of premeditated mass- murder, when we seem satisfied to only weaken them occasionally? Will "we", be the people that demand a gov’t be "of…, for…, and by…"? Or will one man one vote never exist, as they demand? Yet, I know that, in no small degree, what is the only possibility of all that fine stuff happening universally, in reality, is if "we" address the corporate structure’s convolutions global direction of devolution; in a sentence. Without addressing the sociological effects that the causes of the delusional constructs, like ‘materialism’, have wrought on society at large and small, we would just be manifesting mirror images of the same societal constructions that determined the position the earth finds itself in; at this time. Some would suggest dialectical, dichotomous approaches would be popular, and therefore pragmatic, in terms of efficacy, Yet, the constraints of the duality of such social scenarios leaves those, and related solutions wanting. More elemental work with perception, discernment of experience, and the study of any and all relations is a minimum; in a word, the evolution. "We" can’t avoid the reality, as we can’t avoid their machine like mental cells they operate out of, made of walls of delusions, built with bricks of illusions; technocrats doing away with life, itself. Is there any wonder the extinction of humanity and large mammals is racing towards us from the future, and that we can see it in everything, as clearly as it can be seen on our horizon? What of this study of realism, this common language that binds us and sets us free, can "we" be it; can it be?
Your good sojourning is an important step in the evolutionary path, thanx! Still, we must ask, what do the people do who don’t discern la machine’s machinations for what they are; and suffer under the yoke of ‘materialism’, for e.g.. I’ve found, as you probably have too, that no matter how much losses, nor how much ‘they’ take away from me, I am my soul, and spirit, manifesting as it does. I’ve always known ‘using’, ‘having’ are illusions, and ‘possessing’ a delusion, experientially; that knowledge has helped me and all a great deal. For, whose strength is in the arm that outstretched gives another a hand up, no matter how strong or weak the hand of either? I’ve always known it wasn’t mine, or our common humanities’, alone. For e.g., we must study to relax, also, if one pushes themselves or others too hard, reality usually pushes back. The slow-motion blitzkrieg that "we" have all been facing for decades from the republican conspiracy (which is facilitated by the dempublicans), has been focused on some individuals, groups, demographics more than others, and more or less intensely at varying times; in order for them to facilitate their delusions like ‘have it like that’, etc., and the division and conquering of a formidable
opposition to it. How, because most or parts of most of that formidable opposition have thought they ‘have it like that’, and have facilitated their and others evolving processes demise. Now that the republican conspiracy has seemingly successfully taken it to the whole world, life may be realizing it has to stand against it to avert humanities’ and large mammals extinction, or even to just slow it down; so, there’s hope. Not hope for one, or any group, but, rather, for all people and life, as all life are threads in the whole of its fabric. Yet, it will always need mending, and if my life was just a stitch in time in life’s fabric, that may have saved nine, that slowed ‘la machine’s’ ‘krieg, then so be it. The losses of humanity and life will be astronomical before the delusional constructs of destruction and murder, etc., defined as ‘power’, etc., are dissipated; and reality is left more evident and real than ever before. You know if "we" waste the time to dwell on life’s losses, it’s time not spent in its defense. You know if someone’s not taking bullets, they’re making them; a lesson humanity learned from WWII. If "we" don’t find the ways, or trailblaze them, to unify in a common direction, albeit only paralleling at times, the evolution, you and I know ‘they’ will end any hope. You, and I friend, will continue to the breach, singing our own song of fraternity while we appreciate others’…
In closing, here’s a question that could easily be said to sum up "we" the people’s evolutionary and spiritual dilemma. If the roots of lack of compassion for the diseased, disadvantaged, children, etc. and the en vogue economic tool war, one being psycho-pathic greed, aren’t addressed in Western societies sociological programming of their populaces, won’t the corporate structure’s convolution’s devolutionary direction eventually determine more apathy and social pathos in global society; ergo, less funding for prevention, treatment, and research into curing AIDS, defense of reproductive rights, and opposition to war as a substitute for economic growth and foreign policy, in the long run? Yet, who will entertain it, let alone pose it? What does the fact that it won’t be posed, like the question of spiritual relations with others, portend for the existence of whole continents, like Africa, nay humanity itself?
Sample Letter To Editor: Deaths of those in all gov’t institutions: The fact that inmates are dying in record numbers is indicative of the fact that the Justice system is broken, just as the fact that the death penalty is unfairly applied to lower income citizens and minorities is, as well. Before it becomes the injustice system, it needs fixing. State Initiatives, like Sonny Scroggins in Kansas, which look to establish programs that can independently investigate any death of a person held in institutions by the gov’t, can go a long way towards addressing these injustices.
We’ve a moral obligation as citizens to insure that no person held in institutions of our gov’t are abused, or killed. Therefore, there should be a full investigation when anyone dies while in any gov’t institution. For, being American isn’t only having the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, it’s also affording them to others. As well, while rights are being taken away from one, they are slowly being chipped away from all. So, when we are doing our civic duty by insuring the rights of those held in institutions, we’re also insuring that our and our families’ rights will be upheld.
We must remember Angela Davis’ words, "Prisons don’t disappear problems, they disappear human beings." Also, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s’, "We’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, effects all indirectly." Lest "we" forget, if you don’t exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like a muscle, as well. Also, injustices have costs, if addressed their individual, if not addressed, their global, too. For example, the U.S. has 5% of the world population, yet, 29% of its prisoners. The number of immigrants in the Federal system grew 90% in the last 7 years, although 98.5% are of them are nonviolent. If we really wish to address the unrest in the world, we have to start in our own back yard, for e.g., violent offenders being cut loose very early to make room for all the ‘new’ non- violent ones they wish to put into the system. Thank you.
Remember: "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, effects all indirectly." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.. Mahatma Gandhi, "we must be the changes we wish to see in the world." "Prison is designed to break everyone’s spirit and destroy one’s resolve. To do this, the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality, all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are." ~ Nelson Mandela. "We" can challenge ourselves and society by challenging defacto-slavery established by the injustice system in the U.S. and everywhere it is? Isn’t an important part of that challenging, working towards abolishing their tool of terror which determines most follow their leaders out of fear, if little else? For, we all know the innocent are premeditatedly murdered by the state to that purpose, the death penalty being a tool of the war on freedom.
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"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." ~ Albert Einstein. All, what do you think? Lest "we" forget, if you don’t exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. Viva la evolution! Music is life’s song accompanying the abundance of joy’s Spring. "Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoy an estival eve’ as you can. I look forward to hearing from you. Ciao, for now.
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