The Visual Poetry of Poeticah explores the boundaries between poetry, languages, and traditional with computer visual art.
The Jury Duty Page explains my beliefs concerning the penal system and morality.
Sometime ago I was summoned to Jury Duty. I submitted a letter that I thought would be an adequate reason not to serve. In essence it amounted to a conscienscious objection. Eugene Debs, who is among the few that I admire stated that, "as long as there is a soul in prison I am not free." This is part of a quote that I keep on my smartphone. Some people are completely against our penal system. They see it as fraught with brutality and corruption and based on inhumane punishment that does no good. I agree with them. Instead of a system of punishment, we should have a system of rehabilitation based on education, love, compassion, and accountability. This system would replace the prison system with social, psychological, and health care facilities.
Now, a deeper question is: Where do I stand on morality? Let's say that John murdered Mike. Did John do it out of his own free will or did a set of events force John to do it. If John does not have free will then how can we hold him responsible? Firstly, I believe that everyone should be held responsible for their actions whether we have free will or not. But secondly, I think that it is not as simple as a "free will/no free will" dichotomy. I believe that free will is a matter of degree. It is related to health, wealth, and education. The better your health, wealth, and education then the more free will you have. There seems to be a pattern here. Third world countries tend to be poorer and have more crime. Of course, since I do not believe in the current system of punishment then I do not believe in the death penalty. <<Essays>>