Gay Episcopalians

Written by Ed Howes


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Entertainment overcomes apathy for as long asrepparttar session lasts. We watch, we care, we stop watching, and we forget we care. Apathy tempers our interest and excitement just enough so we can get offrepparttar 132376 emotional roller coaster we love torepparttar 132377 point of exhaustion; a building block for apathy.

Motivator Tony Robbins tells us we only have two basic motives to do anything. We act to avoid pain or receive pleasure. If apathy seems like it is not doing anything, it is avoiding pain. Perhaps being apathetic inrepparttar 132378 midst of excited, stimulated pleasure seekers also brings pleasure torepparttar 132379 apathetic person. Maybe there is no such thing as apathy, if we mean uncaring. Maybe we all care about many things at a low enough energy level;repparttar 132380 caring requires no action from us. If so, we don't overcome apathy, we just raiserepparttar 132381 energy level of caring to a point which leads to action. This allows us to act with enthusiasm one day, and retire to restful caring another. Now we are dealing withrepparttar 132382 law of inertia and we overcome that each time we lie down or rise up, so it is no big deal.

What Ad Busters wants to tell us is, don't be resting in front ofrepparttar 132383 TV when it is on. It will control us more than we realize and we are truly over controlled already. We can strike balances.

It is not that we don't care about gay Episcopalians. We just care at a low level. If you want to raise our level of caring about any particular thing, come at us with genuine enthusiasm for your project and hope we don't need our rest at that time. Timing is not everything, but it can make a huge difference in a result.



Freelance writer published in websites and newspapers. edhowes@hotmail.com justanotherview.com


Short Sighted Part of Prison Series

Written by Ed Howes


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Society, which prefers compounding problems to solving them, constructs more prisons to warehouserepparttar enemies it creates. It can't affordrepparttar 132375 dollar costs orrepparttar 132376 social costs but society cares nothing about costs. It cares about punishment and pretends to care about deterrence. If we just continue locking people in cages as long as we can, everything will be OK. Then they shake in fear ofrepparttar 132377 monsters they create and release upon their selves.

State governments are just beginning to figure out that caging non violent criminals is counter productive and costs more than government can afford. They are looking at imposing fines on anti social behaviors as an alternative to caging. Fines improverepparttar 132378 treasury and allow offenders to remain or become productive and otherwise contributing to society, actually paying a debt to society instead of enlarging it. It has only taken three hundred years for social leadership to discover this truth. Imagine how progressive we will be in just another hundred years. Those who believe caging is a mild punishment ought to live in them for a few years as public service in lieu of government employment, or as a requirement for government employment.

When society takes onrepparttar 132379 responsibility for any life under lock and key, it takes onrepparttar 132380 responsibility to maintain that life in healthful, transforming circumstances. But this is exactly whererepparttar 132381 budgeting kicks in. We will maintain life atrepparttar 132382 absolute minimums to save costs; a diet that maintains life but not health. Medical care is substandard and withheld, interrupted or discontinued by administrative policy. If a healthy body makes for a healthy mind, there is no reason for a prisoner to enjoy either. Let us release them with diseased bodies and minds and keep a close eye on them. Let's comparerepparttar 132383 health statistics of our caged beasts with that of society at large. I'm surerepparttar 132384 statistics will tell a story.

We belong to a cruel and dispassionate society, sadly lacking in wisdom and imagination. We need a criminal rights movement such as we had for civil rights and we need it yesterday. Likerepparttar 132385 Civil Rights movement,repparttar 132386 leadership will not come fromrepparttar 132387 official social leadership, but from passionate and compassionate individuals who are not looking for anyone's vote. Sometimes and far too often, there are no votes in simply doingrepparttar 132388 right thing. No reward. No activity.

Saddam released his prisoners, who now prey on Americans and Iraqis alike. America has over two million caged beasts and de socialized monsters. More than half of them will be released. Would this help explain why armed citizens have no intention of giving up their guns? Criminals and victims are growing disproportionately to population.

The city that houses our national government isrepparttar 132389 murder capitol of this nation. Is it a coincidence, symbolic of criminal government or a predictor of what is to come? Arerepparttar 132390 wisest of us impotent and beyond solving problems? Looks like it to me.

Freelance writer published in websites and newspapers. justanotherview.com edhowes@hotmail.com


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