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Speaking of Regret and Do-it-Yourself Sturdy Prisons

Leyland A. King

August 5, 2017

Last week I wrote an article about happiness. It was, as intended, neither a professional piece nor a fix-you-upper. It was merely about how I experience the world through reflection and thoughtfulness. Of course, conversations with persons of like-minded interests, and frequent doses of eclectic reading do help.  The mental health professions have their respectable place with decades of credible empirical research, supporting the practice. One’s mind could be a terror-filled, conjuring place to roam. As to my article referenced, the link below would take you there.

I Love My Life   -Bruises, Balms and All

I am thankful that it was well received, prompting me to explore with you some questions asked. Today let’s discuss what seemed to be the most noticed, regret -an ever evolving thing that is potent and ever present. It has roots that run deep and sprouts that descend to labyrinths, the best of armies won’t dare go. Whether it is destructive, malignant or just a stray dog that follows you to bed, regret is unwelcome. It needn’t be.  The tragedy is that regret is misunderstood by so many of us. But of this we can be sure, regret is a part of our humanity that has to be wisely managed. Regret stifles happiness.

To get to a place of troubling regret there has to be a specific point where the affected believes that a decision he made was profoundly wrong. It may not be either, but what is most important is, he believes that he was in conflict with himself -violation of his personal values and self regard. It might have nothing to do with morality, just a belief that, for eg.,had he not gone to the movies, his loved one would not have died in a smash with a drunk driver.

No interested person should tell someone bothered by regret to “get over it” or worse. If regret didn’t have a function, it won’t be there. It’s a personal responsive experience.

Healthy regret is a teacher, welcome it and learn. It is not a judge nor a jailor. Regret curbs inclinations to bad habits, vices, and crimes. Even innocuous choices could be second-guessed. Regret may be thought of as a battle between who I am vs who I ought to be.Decisions are made in contexts unique to you. Based on information and circumstances of the younger you. Had it been possible to go back in time, remember that you are doing so absent the improvement; the experience you now have, therefore it is very likely, maybe certain that you would make the same choice that led you to regret. Who, but you, knows what was.

It might be helpfull to remember this: when serious is the threat, the price of integrity plummets. 
If you insist on building a prison set upon a island of regret, why not make it a commodious structure. Because you might be there forever. Invite the judge over occasionally, the one that put you there. No one can dispirit you as thoroughly as a judge. Have room for the flagellator and tormentors too. No keys are necessary for your prison doors, since you are the ever vigilant custodian of a prisoner unwilling to leave.

Knowing right from wrong, is it possible to regret right actions? Absolutely. Because regret entertains a range of regurgitations, some not even logically related to the core issue. In fact, given the capabilities of the complex self, some of what you think you recollect, might not be entirely true. Once given hospitable space there might be no escaping the perceived dark cloud that tags only you.

 

A National Emergency? When Did Gov. Christie & Rescuers Know That The Created Emergency Is Over Four Decades Old?

http://Opioid commission to Trump: Declare state of emergency – CNN.com http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/health/opioid-commission-emergency…/index.html 6 hours ago – Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency … to declare a national public health emergency to combat the ongoing crisis.Story highlights

  • The opioid commission recommends that Trump declare a public health emergency
  • The White House says it will “immediately” review the recommendation

(CNN)The White House panel examining the nation’s opioid epidemic has told President Trump to declare a national public health emergency to combat the ongoing crisis.

“Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it,” the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in an interim report Monday. “The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency.”

Our Votes Are For Sale, And They’re Very Expensive 

August 1, 2017

By Leyland A.King

BlueGadfly.com/

LeylandKing@gmail.com

 

Thirty-seven strong, our extended family is no electoral powerhouse. Thirty-seven passionate activists squared (1369) are a booming voice defiant. A town hall presence that will not be ignored nor dissuaded.

Progressive Democrats for decades, we are outraged by the spectacle of musical chairs of government administration at federal, state and municipal levels. It’s  time to re-evaluate our commitment to an administrative system that has moved politically from neglectfulness to tolerable malfeasance. Erroneously thinking it couldn’t get worse   -it did.

Who would have thought that the rot we have in every institutional stratum of public administration, was possible? Therefore we are open to a third party. Even fourth or fifth. We cannot continue voting for the lesser evil.  Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds given to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws such as legislated in the war on drugs.  So, we compiled a list of our priorities.

Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds handed to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws. So, we compiled a list of our priorities.

Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds given to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws. So, we compiled a list of our priorities and welcome your input.

1. End capital punishment immediately. It is immoral. The very nature of it is cruel and unusual.

2. The right to vote is inalienable. It is incumbent on the state to encourage participation of every citizen over age 18.

3. Abolish private prisons and juvenile detention facilities in every form.

4. Decriminalize drug use and possession. That is a vice, not a crime.

5. Citizens must not be arrested for nonviolent offenses if they have valid identification. Citations are available.

6. No person elected to public office shall serve beyond eight years.

8. Elections publicly financed. Legislation necessary to end lobbying and donations to elected officials.

9. Make gerrymandering a felony. It corrupts the electoral system and undermines public trust.

10. End corporate welfare including tax breaks offered to companies to “bring jobs”.