Inspired by Bill Cosby – he is making a big toot about the irresponsibility of his fellow black people. Rather than lump a race into the same bucket – we should probably consider behavior rather than color. We have some literature that is not of our making. This literature has been copied and copied again. It apparently had value to someone.
Total Loss of Control – what are the attributes:
1. Accepts no responsibility.
2. Has continuous flow of ‘criminal’ thoughts from the time he gets up.
3. Is concerned only for self. Their purpose is power and control.
4. Does not see self as being a bad person – sees self as a good person.
5. Seeks to promote self at the expense of others.
6. Relationships are self serving and exploitative.
7. Criticizes others, claims injustice, blames others when things don’t go as planned.
8. Sees being nice as a weakness.
9. Overconfident. Won’t stop trying to beat the system.
10. Has no consideration for others – no remorse for harm done. Likes to antagonize.
We put the word ‘criminal’ in quotes because I do not like the word. It has lost its value as a descriptive word. The word ‘criminal’ is now a word that is used prejudicially to justify treating other people as ‘less than human.’ It is like the word ‘nigger’ – it carries connotations that justify poor treatment.
Our prisons are full of people who are not ‘criminal.’ Yes, they have broken the law – many of these laws did not even exist fifty years ago. Cocaine was reduced to powder form in 1850, Heroin was synthesized from opium in 1898, Methamphetamine was crystallized in 1919. Refrigeration has spread alcohol to every nook and cranny of rural America. Science has created a world that civilization does not yet understand. Science has run away from our ability to formulate new ethics.
Most of the people in prison, if born 200 years ago, would have been responsible farmers that took care of their children and their families. Many of the traits listed as Loss of Control is the product of addiction to powerful and unforgiving drugs.
Drug treatment facilities have not kept up with the latest advances in treatment. Many treatment facilities operate out of old ‘criminal thinking’ models of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Never the less – it becomes the responsibility of individuals to take control of their own lives, even if that means taking control back from insidious drugs. It is the responsibility of individuals, no matter their family of origin or color of their skin, to take control of their own lives – to participate in the world of civilized man.
Thank you Bill Cosby for bringing these issues to the forefront.