It was a pleasure to burn. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
'Cause Sadie moved like water poured
The shapes she shaped had angels floored
She knew her walk turned wind to fire
A wink from Sadie turned brains to mire" -Tim Seibles, The Ballad of Sadie LaBabe
Sunday, February 19, 2006
If the world was mine...
Equal Rights: Really, for everybody (regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pink hair, nose rings, baggy pants, or even Republicans). Our government talks the talk, but what year was the Equal Rights Amendment passed? Oh yeah, it hasn't.
Family Violence: The crminal justice system would have a more proactive stand on the abuse of women and children. Repeated abusers would face the maximum penalties.
Prison: Our correctional system produces more criminals than it helps. Criminals would be educated and rehabilitated in prison so that they can better survive lawfully in society upon their release.
Gun Control: gun control, gun control. Sure, people will still fight, but a significant number of lives would be saved if guns were not part of the equation. It is much easier to kill someone with a gun than a knife. Handguns and automatic weapons are not used for hunting or anything positive for that matter.
Capital Punishment: DNA testing is mandatory. I am not going into whether the death penalty is moral or just, but the least we can do is be as sure as possible that we are killing the right guy.
Drug War: The war on drugs is a miserable failure.. Drugs would be decriminalized- regulated and taxed. Drug addicts would be treated for their illness, not punished for their weakness. Those in prison for non-violent drug offenses would be immediately released under community supervision.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. This is one of my absolute favorite stories. Focusing on prejudice, it demonstrates the silliness of segregating people based on categories (race, religion, gender, etc). The story's strength is that it shows just how arbitrary these categories are.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In this classic story, a new mother suffering from what we might today call 'post-partum depression,' sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.
"Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?" He asked.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
(both quotes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," available in full-text here.)