I’ve read a few headlines of late that have startled me and I fully understand the idea that ignorance can be bliss. If we study the world regularly, perhaps we become hardened or frightened, but to believe we are left untouched by the exploration would not be truth. I ponder the state of the world often, the dualities of what is said versus what is done leave me both amazed and disturbed.
It has been said that what we see around us is simply an illusion, it has also been said that we are not to fear, but the headlines paint dark and insidious pictures. Some believe what we see around us is the product of our own creation and others believe that the world around us is an insane asylum and the goal is to survive it while maintaining our connection to the great truth. I don’t have any answers and I can see some merit in most theories of our existence, but when I look around the world I tend to agree we are living among the dead and the insane.
Friday afternoon at a Phoenix airport Carol Anne Gotbaum, 45, was arrested when she became irate after gate crews refused to allow her to board her flight. She was handcuffed behind her back and put in a holding cell. Later, she was found dead and police claimed she choked herself to death while trying to escape the handcuffs.
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My first thought when reading this article was, how does a woman, handcuffed from behind, manage to strangle herself? My second thought was simply amazement that this story was being reported as though it made sense. Ms. Gotbaum was a mother of three and a “wonderful, wonderful woman” according to her mother in law, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. No one seems to be able to explain why Ms. Gotbaum was left alone in a holding cell while still handcuffed. NY Daily News
In Palmdale, California, last week, the wrist of a young girl was broken by a security guard at a high school after she dropped a piece of cake on the floor of the cafeteria. Pleajhia Mervin, 16, claims when she dropped the piece of cake, the guard instructed her to pick it up and she did, but not to the satisfaction of the guard, who then grabbed her arm hard enough to break her wrist and threw her on a lunchroom table. A student who captured the event on video was also arrested, as was the mother of Pleajhia Mervin when she went to the school to complain. Ms. Mervin has been expelled from school, accused of battering a security guard and ticketed for littering. ABC 7
Since when did dropping a piece of cake on the floor of a lunchroom become a threat to the safety of a school, such a threat, that a 16 year old is arrested for battery and littering? Isn’t cleaning the spills of children one of the reasons schools hire janitorial staffs? Students and parents held a protest on Friday and Ms. Mervin’s mother has contacted an attorney.
And in Sullivan County, NY, 14-year-old Samantha Martin was called from class by a security guard because she was carrying a purse. Evidentially, girls in Tri-Valley High School can only carry purses to class if they are having their periods and so security guard Mike Bunce pulled Ms. Martin from class to question her about her monthly cycle. FOX News
It seems Ms. Martin is not the only girl to be questioned at the high school about her period and several girls were called to discuss the matter with school officials. And I was pleased to see that students, upset by the treatment, have found a creative way to protest by wearing tampons and sanitary napkins adhered to their clothing, while others made purses out of tampon boxes. As I read this story I wondered what thought process convinced the officials at this school that sending adult males in authority roles to question little girls about their very personal bodily functions is a good and wise idea.
So there you have it, more insanity in our world. Is this world around us an illusion? Have we created this insanity through our thoughts and actions? Are we fully entrenched in an asylum, the bars made invisible by our refusal to see them? And do we view the above news snippets as normal and rational behavior, just a fact of life these days?
As Always, Keep Seeking
Victoria S. Hardy
Monday, October 01, 2007
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