Equal = Equal
Sam Aurelius Milam III
I've occasionally been criticized for making anti-woman statements in my writing. With gender equality being so obligatory nowadays, I suppose that I can get away with mentioning a few of the anti-man statements that I've heard women make.
Women claim that men are insensitive. We want only one thing from a woman. We always leave the seat up. We don't respect them. We won't stop and ask for directions. We don't know how to squeeze a tube of toothpaste. We think with our penises. We do half the work in twice the time. We can't drive as well as they do. We're destructive. We're all womanizers and pigs. We always want to hold the remote control. We never listen to them. We stare. We finish too soon, roll over, and go to sleep. We're abusive. We snore. We don't want a woman's opinion, only her approval. We can't "open up" and express our true feelings. Holy mackerel! They certainly aren't bashful about opening up and expressing their true feelings! Here's a theory. Maybe women don't really want us to open up and express our true feelings. Maybe they want us to open up and express their true feelings. Think about it.
I was raised to be a gentleman, to be polite in the presence of ladies, and to treat them in a certain way. We held doors for them, gave our seats to them, didn't cuss or spit in front of them, and so forth. It didn't bother me, back then, that they were better than us. Apparently it bothered them, because they started complaining about the lack of gender equality. So, now that they've succeeded in lowering themselves to our level, they're just going to have to accept a certain general principle. That general principle is this. It isn't equality unless it works equally in both directions. If they can make anti-man statements, then I can make anti-woman statements.
I believe that gender equality as a pipe dream, and that the people who advocate it are delusional, at best. Since women insist on it anyway, against all reason, they're just going to have to man up, face the consequences, and, as they like to say to us, "get used to it".
Return to Sender
Sam Aurelius Milam III
I recently learned that the Post Office returned a newsletter that was addressed to me, marked "Deceased". I don't know of anybody who instructed the Post Office to do that, so I don't know why it happened. I wouldn't even have been aware of it if the editor of the newsletter hadn't sent me an inquiry, via my email address. He sent the newsletter to me again, folded into an envelope, and it arrived. I don't know why it arrived when it was sent in an envelope but not when it was sent as a newsletter.
I'm still receiving mail addressed to me by name, but I don't know if other pieces of my mail might have been returned. If mail sent to me is returned, marked "Deceased", then try again.
Robert H. Outman
Shakespeare wrote, "True love is like ghosts, everyone talks about it, but few witness it." Everyone recognizes the ugly manifestation of Evil, but few realize they are witness to Evil taking its insidious form. We all hear "dancing with the Devil", but few know they are witness to the dance card being filled.
Evil is a provocative subject. Psychologists, philosophers, and theologians offer publications on the pragmatic aspects of Evil. The public's voyeur thirst is tantalized, as people pay witness to the forbidden and macabre products of Evil. Billions of dollars are paid out to see a psychopath massacre people with a chain saw, and Jason can't put down his knife, because the public keeps paying to see his handiwork. Cops with guns blazing fight the monsters of Evil, and everyone lives happily ever after.
Focusing on the end products, people are blind to Evil finding its legs. The philosopher Nietzsche, in his analysis of Evil, wrote, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process they do not become a monster." Too often, we see the righteous anti-abortionist secretly wanting his girlfriend to have an abortion, or the Freudian Oedipus complex man posing as the perfect son and father when, beneath, he wants to destroy his father. All the while, Evil has found a breeding ground. Why, he's a perfect politician fighting the monster abortionists, and he's such a good son and father; "there's no Evil."
Fertile soils for Evil to grow are greed, desire, obsessive righteousness, jealousy, power, and, strangely, conformity. We saw that when Rodney King was brutally beaten by a pack of conforming police. Separated from the pack, how many of those officers would have individually beaten the man? Few will stray from the herd mentality. If the herd hates you, then I must hate you. If the herd says you're a monster, then I must destroy you. After all, separating from the pseudo-security of the herd could be dangerous.
This herd mentality is ubiquitous in prison, with both guards and prisoners. Guards alone will usually conduct themselves as officers. In a group, they'll turn bully, demonstrating to the others, I'm as polarized toward prisoners as my peer bullies. Evil driven prisoners, like hyenas, will hunt for weaker prisoners to exploit, or gratify sadistic demons within. Prisoners and guards waltz with the Devil.
In ignorant bliss, people find a false sense of security in: "I don't have to worry about prisoners, because they're locked in there with lethal fences". HELLO! Prison products are bad men made worse and good men made bad. Rehabilitation is little more than a rhetorical device to patronize taxpayers.
The phenomena of prisons making men worse can be found in: Dr Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority; Dr Christopher Browning's Ordinary People; Dr Solomon E. Asch's Opinions and Social Pressures; and Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen's Science of Evil. Cohen brings attention to a long known condition, banality of evil (BOE). The lay person recognizes BOE as "I was only doing my job", or "It isn't my job." Nazi guards escaped punishment for mass murder through BOE. Incredible human suffering has been inflicted under the safety of BOE. By establishing a chain of responsibility, each individual in the chain performs a banal piece of the Evil puzzle, coupled with a lack of empathy. It's a license to kill. There is a consensus among psychologists: the absence of empathy allows a greater proportion of Evil.
Here's an example of BOE. I'm a 74-year-old prisoner with a multitude of health problems requiring a multitude of medications, which present sensitivity to heat. On a recent Thursday, San Diego was having a heat wave, turning concrete cells into hot-boxes. To endure the heat, fans are a survival necessity. At 6:30 AM, my circuit breaker threw, stopping my fan. Immediately, the two cell-block guards were requested to reset the breaker, a simple process. Thirty-two hours later, Friday, at 2:30 PM, after at least ten guards and three sergeants, all with excuses as to why "It's not my job", and totally indifferent to the suffering caused by their BOE, plant ops reset the breaker.
This banality of evil is a psychological torture, repeated in various forms constantly in prison. Where prison personnel could set examples of proper decorum, teaching prisoners what the "milk of human kindness" means, they prefer to teach how to be hateful.
At this point, I must say that there are officers among the guards, individuals who actually teach decorum. However, they face constant pressure to conform. Rehabilitation will never happen when guards continue to make it easy to hate, and the products they produce are pumped back out into society.
My thanks to the following: SantaClara Bob; Betty; and F.L., of Soledad, California.
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