Recently, I was watching the movie, “Braveheart” when I was catapulted into a state of utter determination. The scene that moved me is when William Wallace explains that he plans on invading and defeating the English on their own ground; and in doing so, he will wrest Scotland’s freedom from the grip of King Edward Longshanks. When the lords and other members of the varying clans scoff at Wallace and tell him that successfully invading England is impossible, Wallace exclaims, “Why? Why is that impossible? You’re so concerned with squabbling for the scraps from Longshank’s table, that you’ve missed your God-given right for something better.” And there it is. We have all been granted the right for something better. And I will be darned if I will settle for anything less.
Next month, I have another containment meeting, during which time I will ask to have one of my many stipulations amended; and I have already been told not to ask for more than one to be changed because it is just not possible. Additionally, it was conveyed that I should be grateful if the one request I make is honored. When I asked why I should be grateful for having a stipulation that has nothing to do with my crime amended, I was told that it is just as easy to add conditions as it is to amend them. Under reasonable circumstances, it is natural to be thankful when a request is granted. However, when so many controlling elements are implemented for the sole intent to stifle one’s life, it is blatantly obvious that reason has become grossly obscured, if not completely abandoned. And giving thanks to law enforcement for an inalienable right is preposterous.
In “Braveheart,” Wallace implores Robert The Bruce, the King of the Scots, to “unite the clans” to defeat the English and claim their “God-given right for something better.” The Kings of England had worked tirelessly over the years to keep the Scottish clans separated by promising this and that to certain leaders and not to others. Ultimately, the Scots united, and as it has been described, “fought like warrior poets” and ultimately won their freedom.
Individually, there is a battle against the Registry; or parole; or probation; or social ostracization; or a combination of those circumstances. And individually, it is challenging to make a difference on a larger playing field. And that is the reason that those that control the buttons work so diligently to keep us separated. And their method is to shame and humiliate each one of us into bunker-style hibernation. But together we are a formidable force; and can achieve mighty accomplishments.
Thomas Paine said, “It’s not in numbers, but in unity that our greatest strength lies.” It is evident from the posts on ACSOL that there is a great number of us who are undeniably willing to unite and take what is our “God-given right for something better.” Here is to fighting like “warrior poets” and never settling for scraps.
By Maxwell Monty