The Ghost and the Blue Moon

April 30, 2015

  by Terence T. Gorski,  Gorski Books

In the early night when the moon turns blue, the ghosts of my past come out and dance before my eyes. The ghosts are unseen by others. When I talk of them, most people think that I am mad, or at least confused. 

When the morning comes, my mask of sanity returns. The ghosts dissolve into the growing light of day. I go on my way unnoticed – but only until darkness and the full blue moon returns. 

Living Entirely in the Now! Is this a good life strategy?

April 29, 2015

  By Terence T Gorski

I don’t agree that living entirely in the now is the best strategy for human happiness. 

The idea is based upon the Moslem belief that human beings are programmed to navigate almost exclusively in the PRESENT. I don’t believe this is true and would like to explain why. 

Healthy Human beings are programmed to navigate a a personal timeline. This timeline includes the PRESENT, the PAST, and the FUTURE. 

The present gets its rich texture from our past experiences and how we interpret tem. If we only had PRESENT experiences we would have no context to judge the meaning of our current experiences or how to make decisions about where we go from here. 

Being able to imagine what could hAppen in the future is a powerful to if we learn how to use it in a balanced way with about ability to accurate perceive the present and compare our present experience with similar past situations. If we can then imagine what could happen if we did that Gain in the future, we get a chance at carefully considering the best and worst things that could happen. As. Result, we can plan more successfully when by using mental rehearsal techniques to imagining in our minds the logical consequences of a variety of different alternatives. 

Of course we should enjoy the present. We must learn from the past and learn to use mental rehearsal to anticipate future consequence. I, personally, do not want to be stuck in the memories of the past. Not do I want to be trapped in the fears and hopes of the future. I also don’t want to be fixated  in THE HERE AND NOW without being able to leRn from the past or mental experient with possibilities in the future. 

I want to be able to navigate my personal timeline as I see fit. This helps me to make sense out of my complex past, the constantly changing present, the hopes, dreams and fears that live in an unknown future.  

The present gets its rich texture from out interpretation of out past experiences. We can see more options and plan more successfully when we use mental rehearsal to imagining in our minds the logical consequences of a variety of alternatives. 

Of course we should enjoy the present. It’s helpf to learn from the past and use mental rehearsal to anticipate future consequences to avoid unnecessary problems. 

I, personally, do not want to be stuck in the memories of the past, the fears and hopes of the future, or the feeling experience of THE NOW. I want to be able to navigate my personal timeline as I see fit to make sense out of my complex past, the constantly changing present, and the hope and cautions of my imagined future. 

~ Terry Gorski

Spring Break: Stopping this Socially Sanctioned Mob Criminality

April 14, 2015
 By Terence T. Gorski, Author

John Lennon said: “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.” 

I posted that quote because of the social irony that violence is more socially acceptable than the act of making love. The social ritual of spring break has managed to change that by merging the two in a grotesque yet socially applauded youth ritual that combined sexuality and violence. 

Shortly after I posted Lennon’s quote I read the news story about a girl being raped openly on a crowded beach in Panama City, FL during spring break. The woman being raped was either very drunk or drugged and appeared to be unconscious. Yet a cell phone video clearly captured her legs bring held down while four boys, obviously high, took turns raping her. This occurred in a crowd of people. 

Groups of men and women were standing within a few feet of this terrible crime who could have easily intervened. Many of them just stared at the spectacle through drug-dazed eyes. Others, including some women, gave the rapists encouragement and cheered the rapists at key moments of the perverted gang-rape/sex crime. It seemed the observers viewed this terrible crime as a game. 

I felt deep shame as both a man and a human being watching the tape of this heinous crime. 
“How could this happen?” I asked myself. Then I realized we are all culpable because we culturally tolerate the ritual of Spring Break that gives young people tacit social approval to have fun by hideous intoxication, promiscuous sex, rape, theft, illegal drug abuse, and criminal violence. 
We, as a collective culture, tolerate this social obscenity. As a result, we silently look the other way while some of our “best and brightest” students transmogrify into addicts, alcoholics, criminals, and rapists, and vulnerable victims. 
Where are the parents of these students? Why does the Panama City Council ignore simple police recommendations that would reduce or eliminate the criminality of this youth ritual. It doesn’t take a genius to figure some simple rules to reduce the rapes and assaults: 
(1) No alcohol or other drugs allowed on the beach; 
(2) Strict enforcement of drug laws by arresting anyone using illegal drugs in public, 
(3) Enforcing the “anti-nudity” laws on the beach and related areas; 
(4) Cracking down on underage drinkers by arrest and parental notifications, and most importantly; 
(5) strict emforcement of the law requiring mandatory reporting by witnesses of sex crimes. This means arresting all witnesses who failed to report the crime. 
(6) Enforcement of dram shop laws that hold the bar owners legally accountable for the criminal behavior of people who get drunk in their establishments and leave to commit crimes. 
The sixth recommendation is the most difficult: convince patents to stop financing the attendance of their college age students at this criminal mob enterprise hailed as Spring Break. 
There is a difference between the general policy of drug prohibition (known as The War On Drugs) and prohibiting the use of alcohol and other drugs in public and crowded areas where intoxication can fuel crime and violence. 
I oppose the war on drugs as the primary drug control strategy  because it is ineffective. I believe other public policies for drug control, similar to those used to reduce smoking, would have a better chance of lowering drug use and related medical and criminal problems. 
I also disagree with a policy of total drug legalization. Some drugs, such as PCP, are extremely dangerous and need to be strictly controlled or prohibited. 
There needs to be: 
  • Strict controls on legal age of use, protecting children and teenagers from known developmental damage caused by drug use. 
  • Careful controls on production that includes limiting the potency per dose of recreational drugs. 

Licensed distribution centers which become the control points for drug sales, much like is done with cigarettes. There needs to be strong restrictions on advertising and prominent warning labels. The sale needs to be taxed with all tax dollars being earmarked for prevention services, public education programs, and treatment on demand. 

Getting back to the issue of spring break and other large social gathers, the use of alcohol or other drugs should be restricted from the crowded beach and major public gatherings. Violators should be arrested. 
I believe this would significantly reduce rape, violence , and other crimes at these events. There should also be enforced prohibition against public intoxication on alcohol and other drugs that is also strictly enforced.  

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