Happy New Year From the Entrance of the Cook County Jail

One week ago today, on a bitterly cold morning in Chicago on the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln that freed black slaves in the rebel-held areas of America, I stood silently to watch as police vehicle after police vehicle arrived at the guard house leading to the grounds of the Cook County Jail to disgorge scores of recently arrested individuals who would soon be attending Holiday Bond Court.  I contemplated the fact that the vast majority of the individuals contained in those vehicles were the direct descendants of the people who were freed by the above mentioned document.   How many of those arrestees are innocent and how many are guilty of the crimes to which they have been charged will be determined by the criminal justice system.   I came to bear witness to, and attempt to understand the mindset of those who would commit acts that would knowingly place them under the controls and constraints that diminish one's personhood in ways similar to the slavery that was endured by their ancestors and ended by the Civil War and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. 

I went to the County Jail on the morning of New Years Day as a coda to the three year personal research project that I have undertaken in my attempt to understand the connection between unhappiness and the dishonest mind.  This personal study led me to ride home with nearly three thousand detainees fresh out of the county jail.  I was able to have unguarded conversations with hundreds of individuals in my attempt to plumb the psyche of those who were charged with crimes.  I will post a blog on this subject, recounting my extraordinary experiences and illuminating findings in a feature entitled "Jail Cab (Searching for Dishonest Minds)".  The cast of characters and the incidents that I have witnessed could fill volumes.

As promised, I will also finish my series on why Blacks kill each other.  Part 3 (The Solution) will be completed in two separate blogs.  The first blog will point out what will not work.  The second blog on the subject will point to the only possible solution.

Also on the agenda this year we will look to explain and solve some of the world's problems and puzzlements because it is only human unhappiness that sees or creates problems.  We will see the misery of others yet have no desire to exploit it for personal gain.  In other words we will not take the path of unconscious social reformers, politicians, pious hypocrites or those engaged in the relentless pursuit of money as a means of self-identification.  Our objective is to work for human betterment not self-flattering egotism.  We accomplish this by understanding the true nature of love and happiness.  This prevents us from being compulsive do-gooders with a secret motive of ego-gratification.  By the way, fewer people understand the true nature of love and happiness than Einstein's Theory of Relativity.  Let us hope that you will start this New Year with an avowed interest in truly understanding why we exist.

Upcoming blogs include:

  • The Mystical Genius of Helen Keller, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs
  • The Psycho-Anthropological Reasons Why Chicago Became Such a Corrupt City
  • The False Promise of Symbolism and Pride as The Second Inauguration Approaches
  • The American Dream as "Bread and Circuses"
  • How to Stop Graduating Empty Vessels Who Have Pride of Knowledge but No Knowledge of Self

 

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