• White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon
  • White YouTube Icon
  • White Twitter Icon

©2019 Designed Conviction LLC

Jun 2

Butterfly Effect of Choices By Nate A. Lindell


Edited: Jun 2


From the moment we are conceived the “choices” others make (e.g. our Mother’s abuse of drugs while we’re in her womb) affects who we become, modifies our potentials for making harmful or helpful choices when future opportunities to “choose” present themselves. Other people “choices” can literally blind us to the fact that “choices” even exist e.g.

· A mother’s alcohol abuse can blind her fetus.

· A parent’s repeated shouts of “You’re worthless!” can make that curse come true.

· Other’s sexism, racism can shut some doors for you and hold open prison doors.

Thus our “pursuit of happiness” may be blocked by others.

Anyone whose done time can’t help but notice that most prisoners came from choices was a meager at best. Prisoners also know well that only rare staff seeks to aid us in our guest to be more humane to be “rehabilitated”. Thus it is only abnormally resilient personalities who like a rebellious horse, buck the circumstances riders who willingly or unwillingly sought to break us and survive the gauntlets we’ve been thrust into.

As we grow, however the “choice” we make become more the “choice” of the being we’ve become, albeit a being we had little say in becoming. (Do you recall, while a fetus anyone asking you what personality you’d like to have? Neither do I) however there’s no clear border distinguishing when/where others on ourselves are more to blame for “choice” we’ve made and by the time we attain adulthood, so many influences/experiences have shaped our minds/souls- at least billion of factors that

F.N 1 The term “choice” is reification a word used to make its concept true. In truth as explained in the PBS Series, The Brain hosted by David Eagleman and in Eagleman’s book, Incognito: the Secret Lives of the Brain, Its demonstrated that subconscious processes make the choices we then consciously assume we made.

F.N.2 the book Parental Incarceration, routledge 2016 does a fine job demonstrating how adverse childhood experiences (A.C.E’s) lead to such things as criminal behavior and imprisonment.

It’s impossible for all but a quantum supercomputer to determine for sure who or what is to blame for a particular “choice” we made.

Forgiveness thus makes sense, forgiveness of yourself and of those who’ve wronged you and of those who still wrong you. (Forgiveness is not forgetfulness…)

This truth is hard for most to digest because we’ve been raised to believe that our souls are not minds produced by our wills are free and not influenced by factors beyond our control or awareness. More so the influenced by factors beyond our control or awareness. More so, the criminal justice system relies on this myth to justify throwing away mostly unfortunate people-were systemcrats to suddenly become aware of their devilry in this regard, they might take the route of Javert in Les Miserables, recently and excellently reproduced by masterpiece theatre.

Most will continue to cling to the harmful myth that wills are free and thus all prisoners “choice” to be criminals, chose to be addicts, chose to be …miserable.

Those of us however, who choose to know better can gain some control over our own fates and even the fate of those around us the world. We can be more mindful of our impact on others( e.g. help those in need within reason… or beyond reason) and we can be more mindful of our impact on ourselves (e.g. ourself-talk-rather than taking ourselves into trouble talk ourselves out, talk ourselves into…success).

You can see how a village of like-minded individuals would definitely help those of us who choose to know better. So, why don’t we construct such a village?

F.N 3 for more on Free Will vs. Determinism ( lack of Free Will) see my essay “ Do we really have a Choice?”


Writer profile in here

Note: We are not a penpal website, to contact the listed individuals you must be 18 years or older and do you own research.

New Posts
  • Picture Perfect written: July 12th, 2017 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; just like the sweet sounds of music that formulates in the mind of a composer. Picture Perfect, how could this be; with so much destruction in the world, beauty is hard to see. The aromatized smell of a morning flower; while watching crisp blue skies as you pass away an hour. A smile so fresh and alluring, is it enough to get me by; as I reminisce in my mind’s eye. Picture perfect, how could this be love; with so much destruction in the world, beauty is hard to see. Hypnotic, you’re in a trance like state, euphoria has set in and taken place; now you see beauty has no face. Picture perfect, how could this be; with so much destruction in the world, beauty is hard to see. What my eyes have seen as the day comes to an end; picture perfect can only exist captured on canvas for all to enjoy from deep within. Note: We are not a pen pal website, to contact the listed individuals you must be 18 years or older and do your own research. Writer profile Stephen Reed By Stephen Sugarman Reed S.V.S.P. C2-128 P.O. Box 1050 Soledad, CA. 93960
  • I just oppened up my book, and took a look at this one page At a young age, I was shining brighter than the sun’s rays I’d study through the weekend to win that spelling bee on Monday Hoppind I’d grow up to be somebody one day But damn things change, seventh grade was all about gunplay Too young to buy one so it was B & E for your gun safe Broken promises like mom don’t worry I’ma stop someday Find some way to get up out this usafe hood that none say good things about And I think about a lot of stuff during times like this I was acting blind with my mind And committing crimes on drugs is a bad mixture I lost sight of my dreams and lost sight of my bigger picture Now I’m in a cell with a Bible the Holy scripture Trying to change my life so I don’t go back to the trigger Cause one squeeze has momma on her knees, begging the Lord please Please bring my son back I’ll clean up his closet of all the drugs and the gun rack I can’t lose him yet Lord he just got out of prison But regardless, God’s got a plan full of force on a mission So momma can beg and cry but still this prayer remains distant And He ain’t going to listen Don’t get me wrong, I pray to God and am a solid christian But I’m still washing clothes in the same pot that I piss in Wishing I could eat, but got to wait for police To come get us, so to pass the time I sleep Trying to escape in a dream but it seems all I’m catching is nightmares And the night air is no joke It’s so cold, you fight for warmth but mother nature don’t fight fair Old homies don’t give a damn, well some of them might care But that’s rare I learnt that God and family’s the only ones that are right there... Writer profile in here Note: We are not a penpal website, to contact the listed individuals you must be 18 years or older and do you own research.
  • My addiction is contradicting with my way of life I’m trying to remember my prayers but can’t say them right The holds too tight and the grip is savage I say I don’t want it no more and that you can have it But everytime I drop a habit I wait till no one’s looking, then circle back and grab it What’s wrong with me? What’s going on with me? I long for peace so bad it’s got me on my knees Everytime I sing the same song its please The same movie comes on the scene is me I beg for mercy every time it comes on repeats The ending is a needle in my arm deceased Please Lord… I really escape from this demon It is hard with all the stress from this place that we in I fight with myself, I don’t want it I mean it The devil’s speakin His voice in my head “Yes you do it you’re fiending” I try to resist But I need some assistance I can’t do it on my own, that’s a failed mission Some try to preach to me, they speak game and wisdom But I go by what I see there’s no practice with them So I tilt black in caps stuck in the system I don’t know what you want me to say my friend Get on my knees dear Lord it’s time to pray again... Writer profile in here Note: We are not a penpal website, to contact the listed individuals you must be 18 years or older and do you own research.