Gratitude breaks the spell of Writers Block
Jamál (Beauty), 14 Bahá (Splendour), 147 BE - Sunday, April 2, 2017 CE
It's Sunday morning about 10:36 AM and I just took my blood pressure pill. I used to take it between 8:00-9:00 AM until I forgot to take it for a couple of day. When I thought about it it was after 10:00 AM, but instead I waiting until the next day, which is why I didn't take it for a couple of days, I decided the best thing to do would be to take it. I'll attempt to take it about 10:15 tomorrow and just do it a little earlier each day until I'm back to taking it at 9:00 AM. I still have to get back to walking so I'll have to work on that this afternoon or in the morning.
I started "Jails" as part of an essay for "Project Write World" , the essay that one of the other team members was better so she posted it. I'm not sure I should have been in "Project Write World" this year because for some reason I wasn't as inspired as normal. I may not be part of it next year; I'll have to give that more thought. I still don't know what I'm going to do with these two paragraphs. However, I'll think of something.
"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.
A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."
Originally the purpose of jails was holding the accused until they could be punished.1 Those put in jails ranged from thieves or other criminals to those whose crime was having a different religion or belief system then the people in power. Punishment ranged from whippings and beatings to public executions. Both men and women were put in the prisons. Both genders were subject to the same punishment. In many of these prisons human rights was not a consideration.
The American prison system, while it still need improvement, may be one of the best in the world. In Iran, for example non-Muslim prisoners, especially Baha'is, are incarcerated because of their religion. This has been going on since 1844 when the Bab, the forerunner of Baha'u'lah, declared his mission. In 1850 the Bab was executed in front of the firing squad. While in 1853 Baha'u'llah was exied to Baghdad. The situation for the Baha'is in Iran haven't gotten significantly better. Since 2005 more the 935 Baha'is have been arrested. There are still at least 100 Baha'is in prison today for no other reason then their religion.2
Lines for a Haiku Sonnet
pain in my fingers
I intone a healing prayer
it soothes aching soul
vaporizing action fights