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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
“An eye for eye makes the whole world blind.”
Is this something you believe? I’m sure we were all brought up to be kind to others and show sympathy and compassion but do we always feel this way? How about murderers and hardened criminals? I have seen court hearings where a suspect will stand up and address a victims family or families depending on the case and some apologize for what they have done. At times the family has forgiven the suspect but I have always thought about myself in that situation. I see myself as a kind person and all but I don’t think I could forgive someone for doing something harmful to a member of my family. Sure I can say that I might forgive someone depending on the circumstance but really, deep down, I’d probably want justice or revenge in the sense of an eye for an eye. I mean seriously, for one moment, I want you to think about it. You’re a good person who feels that an eye for eye is wrong and that the person will get what’s coming to them when they die and ready for judgment but what if it were your family? Do you think you would react the same way? This is a member of your family that has been hurt. Does the suspect deserve a life sentence or should that person or persons meet swift street justice?
I’ve spoken to a few people about this and it’s interesting to me to hear what others think about the concept of an eye for an eye. Now, please don’t take me for an evil heartless person. This post is simply a way to generate discussion on a topic I used for a project I did in class last month. The project involved creating a city and developing posters and such for it. The professor wanted us to dig deep into our imagination for this project and after a brainstorming session with a good friend of mine the city of Bounty Land was born. The following is an excerpt of my creative proposal for this city that was born out of the concept of an eye for an eye,
“Welcome to Bounty Land, a city built for justice. Although it appears to be normal, the city holds a controversial yet needed purpose. No children inhabit the city of Bounty Land. Those who have been convicted of a crime with a life or death sentence will be brought here. The same is true for those on the run, the fugitives. Once arriving at Bounty Land those who have done wrong will be assigned to a sponsor in a specific sector of the city. They will be made to believe that he or she will be rehabilitated rather than completing their sentence. The abolished will work until the day comes that reflects their specific sector, and on that day the guilty will be let out on the street to be hunted. In the end, the once predator will become the prey.”
There is more to this idea and I plan on possibly creating a graphic novel based on Bounty Land but I’d like to know what you think. How do you really feel about an eye for an eye?
Let’s look at it from another side. Have you ever watched, “The Boondock Saints”? If not, it’s a superb film and is worth watching. The movie is about twin brothers who believe they are on a mission from God to dispose of those who seek to harm the innocent. Their main targets are the Mob who inhabit their city. They protect the innocent but they murder criminals. There is an FBI agent who is trying to figure out who has been killing off the criminals of the city and once he figures out who is doing the killing he eventually sees what they are doing as good. He believes their purpose is needed. What do you think of this concept? Is murder the same thing no matter if you’re doing it to criminals or do we live with some type of, “We Don’t Tolerate Scum” attitude and there is a difference? I would like some honest opinions here. It really doesn’t matter what I think but if it came down to it, I would need to know without a doubt that the accused person was guilty before I went straight to an eye for an eye. There are many people out there who have been convicted of a crime and 20 or so years later turn out to be innocent, so yeah…I’d need some proof first. So here it is folks, the concept of an eye for an eye. The choice is yours and the topic is on the table. Don’t be afraid to respond, I’d like to read all of your responses and trust me, after this post I will get back to the funny posts. This topic has been on my mind for a while now and soon enough I will have some stories written to go along with Bounty Land. I have concept shots and models for the hunters so it’s coming along. Make sure to respond people!Post Views: 278
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Within the Trenches is back with episode 59! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Julie, Deputy Director with Bartholomew 9-1-1 Center and Claudia who is a dispatcher with Fayette County Communications. We share stories of messing up on the mic, burnout and how to deal with hitting a rough patch and renewing your love for dispatch.
This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
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- How Julie started in 9-1-1
- How Claudia started in 9-1-1
- Messing up on the mic
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Guest Blog Post by Samantha, Dispatch Supervisor at Fenton PD, MI.
When I first started dispatching I had no idea what I was getting into. I had no idea the array of emotions and tasks I would face, the tribulations and triumphs, the joy and the sorrow. I never knew I was getting on the biggest roller coaster of all. I soon figured it out though. I learned to hate the lows; negative coworkers, bad morale, citizens taking their bad day out on me and the days where you just don’t feel cut out for the job. But oh how I love the highs; the adrenaline of working a good storm, a chase or a structure fire, a thank you from a stranger or being acknowledged for a job well done.
Unfortunately the job takes a toll on all of us, both physically and emotionally. For myself, the physical is more frustrating. With two kids under the age of 5 my life outside of work can be hectic. Throw in my husband’s busy schedule and goodbye gym time, hello 15 extra pounds! I started doing lunges and squats at my desk in a last ditch effort to do SOMETHING.
Then something amazing happened. Kelly Rasmussen, CEO of Success Communications Inc. said they needed speakers for a new conference, a conference that would be all about 911 dispatchers. 9114911. Anyone who has met Kelly or Michelle or taken a Success class knows that when it comes to motivating they’re the best in the business. I decided to take my newfound curiosity and pitch it to them. I offered to talk about the negative side effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Imagine my surprise when Kelly emailed to tell me she loved the idea and wanted me to speak at the first motivational conference dedicated to 911! I started to anxiously compile information for my presentation and what I found FLOORED me. I knew my diet included way too much fast food and pop and way too little exercise but I had no idea that one of the most detrimental things I was doing was something else entirely. I was sitting. All. Day. Long. I read studies and health journals and health blogs. Did you know that sitting too much could increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease and depression? Did you know that it could shorten your life? We’re supposed to be saving lives not shortening our own! According to one study the average American sits 6-8 hours a day. The average dispatcher (according to a small study I conducted) sits more than 10 hours per day. If the average American cuts that time in half they can add 2 years to their life. TWO YEARS! Imagine what dispatchers could add if we got up and off our butts!
Luckily for us this is so easy to fix. STAND UP! 80% of the dispatchers I surveyed have stand up consoles in their center. Standing up with minimal movement burns 2 ½ times more calories than sitting and helps fight the risks associated with sitting. For those who want to kick it up a notch, the answer is just as simple. There are tons of stretches and exercises you can do right at your desk (calf raises, squats and lunges to name a few.) Google, Pinterest and even YouTube are your best friends. Search “work exercises” or “stretches at your desk,” print some out and challenge your coworkers. Don’t just sit there, get up and keep taking the calls! We’re a group of people far too awesome to let sitting take such a toll on us.
To those of you who were at the conference, I hope you’re standing up as you read this (I typed it standing up!) I hope you’re making that extra effort so we can all enjoy a few more extra years when we reach that coveted retired status. Until then, ride the dispatch rollercoaster. Brave the lows, enjoy the highs and whether you’re in a rut or just love meeting other dispatchers, sign up for next years 9114911. I hope to see you all there!
For more check out “9 exercises to do at your desk.”
(Images of stretches are found below.)
Download Samantha’s PowerPoint presentation on wellness here.