Mittwoch, 28. September 2011

Why hypocrite? ... by Mitchell Mavoides

"Hypocrisy - n. behavior in which a person pretends to have higher standards than is the case. Origin Greek " hupokrisis", " acting of a theatrical part." ( Source: Oxford Dictionary of Current English fourth ed.)

That is what hypocrisy is, when we act like we hold to an ethic we really don`t practice. How often do we see it in here?
How about when we see a bully on the wing take something from a little guy and gloat about it?
Then he gets shaken down by the officers and cries to high heaven about the injustice of them taking something he wasn`t even supposed to have. He wants his rights to private property respected, but he doesn`t respect that with others` valuables. Why?

The hypocrisy we have all seen in here like that - about rights - has gotten on all our nerves at least once or twice. Let me put emphasis on us in white for a moment, because how we acted is how we got here. To make it simple, when you violate others` rights, you forfeit your own. That`s why we`re in prison - we`ve all done this to some degree. Many of us still don`t get it.
Why are these rights to be respected?

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
We have all heard of these rights. Why do we have them?
Most prisoners - myself included for a while - really don`t know. As I`ve found out, they are necessary for people to live and thrive in a fee society. Prison culture has predictably and ignorantly reversed them.

Life is the essential right. Human life is of irreplaceable value, each one percious and unique. But in the prison culture, many think a human`s life is worthless and have the skulls, demons and degraded imagery tattooed on them to prove it. " A dozen livers for a dime." is the view.
Why?
Liberty is the freedom to say what you will ( as long as you aren`t threatening others) and think what you want. These two freedoms lead to critical analyses, discussions and innovations. They make life better by making it more open to reason. But in prison, certain tyrannical inmates want to silence others if the person says something the other doesn`t like. He displays his wounded pride and in the name of respect, he is ready to fight`.
Can`t he use words to deal with it like a rational person?

The pursuit of happiness, as I understand it, is the right to follow the work you enjoy, to earn the values you need to live and to achieve happiness by reaching your goals. But inside these walls, some think being a "jacker" is a legitimate job. Let`s be real; being a robber isn`t a real job. If you think it is, then your rights will continue to be taken away.
If we can think, use our hands and produce goods, then why do we have a robber attitude when it comes to other people`s things - things others have worked hard for?

I know rights are limited these days - especially in prison. We need to understand that these rights stem from aspects of human nature; from man as a thinking, feeling, productive human being. The founding fathers of our country thought them so obvious that they called them "self-evident" in the Declaration of Independence.

We need to stop being hypocrites and respect the rights of other people. Forget the prison culture because, if we don`t we will continue to sabotage ourselves. We need to flush the " survival of the fittest" mentality, and then maybe we won`t come back.
We aren`t living in the Old West anymore, despite ow much I`ve heard about the desire to return to it.
We don`t live in a society of men forming gangs for mutual protection, of lynch-mob justice or six-gun showdowns in the street at high noon.
We live in a society of individual rights and freedoms that deserve to be respected.
Fact-based courts should pass judgement and settle disputes instead of fists and gun muzzles.

Let`s face reality: we must respect each other`s rights.
Regardless of whether it is a big, strong warrior, a physically weak guy, a woman or a child, we all have the right to live free. If you can`t agree with that, for whatever reason, you`ll hear the iron doors slam.
Don`t ask yourself, "Why?" because you know why...

Mitchel Mavoides, Robertson Unit,
The Echo Prison Newspaper...September 2011

Another day...by Samantha McCallister

Another day...

Shackles around my feet

Even a convict can`t take this much heat

Grey and white is all I see

In this 6x9, I begin to discover me

Was once lost in a dark world,
drowning the pain.

Reality, grabbing me by the throat.
Screaming: are you insane?

We all have a story that eventually unfolds.

Fighting with demons, for the souls we have sold.

Sleep with one eye open,

Barely sleep at all.

Pick up the phone,
but who will ever accept your call?

Ones who stood behind you,
have slowly faded away.

So much time to think

but so little left to say.

Few know their out dates,
for when they will leave.

Others have their faith,
in God to believe.

Spiritually inclined,
but seeking the light.

Struggling with darkness,
putting up a fight.

Doors slam, lights dimm.

Awaiting another day, to pay for our sins.



Samantha McCallister
Woodman Unit, Texas

What are we?...by Steven " Dutch" Waller

What are we?

What is it that shapes a man`s life? Is it heredity? Is it his environment? Or is it some unknown element produced by a certain time or place and conditions that will shape a man to meet it?
A change in a man is never so evident to himself, but ofcourse we experience new things daily. Even as a man will shape somethings with his hands, he`s also shapeing himself.
A man has in himself a material that can be shaped into anything he wishes to be. The problem of this is that the shaping never ceases, and sometimes we get carried away and go too far in one direction before we realize it was the wrong direction.

We start out in life with the best of intentions, but the best intentions in the world get a man nowhere unless he knows how to get results and can enlist the cooperation of others.
Cooperation means that we must compromise. compromise is not a dirty word. In fact, it`s the cornerstone of civilization, just as politics is the art of making civilization work.
Those men who are not willing to compromise are unwise and are left standing alone with their own principles and values. Meanwhile, other men adjust their differences and move on.

Soetimes we, as men, have dreams and expectations. We ourselves are not ready for those dreams, and we must grow to meet them. What we want out of the world, we feel ourselves able to get.

The problem is shaping the raw material that is within ourselves; shaping our strengths, our weaknesses and our way of thinking into the final product we can all respect.

Steven "Dutch" Waller, Bodge Unit, Texas

Dienstag, 27. September 2011

Words from Harold,

...
For a man in prison, friends and family tend to fade away, thoughts of those we knew or loved often drive a man to depression. To overcome this, many will bitch, gripe and complain about anything and everything. Why?
Its away to push our former lives, and loved ones, out of our minds, easing the pain of our loneliness and what we are missing?
To some affected thusly, normal conversation is a constant state of agony over whatever they perceive as wrong, whether it is or not....

letter from Sept, 19 - 2011