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Commentary

A Culture Without the Possibility of Redemption Is a Toxic Culture

Source: thriveglobal.com 8/31/21

The paradox of social media, and so much of our technology, is that it keeps us locked in an eternal present, while at the same time creating an eternal archive that never fades away. The result isn’t just higher levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness, it also makes it harder for us to grow and evolve — which is, after all, our essential purpose at the heart of every spiritual and philosophical tradition. Evolution did not stop when we evolved from the apes. There is an instinct embedded in us, our fourth instinct, beyond the more recognized instincts of survival, sex and power, that drives us to evolve and to grow through our mistakes, through pain, and through self-discovery.

But we’ve reached a dangerous moment in our culture where we assume a frozen ideal, a state of arrested development, from which no growth or improvement are assumed possible. Because growth cannot happen without the necessary ingredients of redemption, forgiveness and self-forgiveness. If we’re not allowed to learn from our mistakes, atone for them, become better people, then we can grow neither individually nor collectively. After all, the great documents we live by assume a progression — whether it’s the never-ending journey toward “a more perfect union” or Martin Luther King’s “arc of the moral universe” bending toward justice — and even our Constitution had amendments.

But true change at the systemic level has to be accompanied by change at the personal level. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put it, “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart.” Dr. King knew that, which is why he had made it clear that to change society, “you’ve got to change the heart.”

The word “redemption” comes from the Latin redemptionem — one of its meanings is releasing. Redemption allows us to thrive by being released from our worst moments. And that’s exactly what our modern technology and our current culture make it increasingly difficult to do. By keeping our worst moments in the foreground forever, by keeping all wounds fresh and preventing them from healing over, we’re never able to be released from them, to evolve and make ourselves and our world better. In business, we extol the growth mindset, but a world without redemption enshrines its opposite: the much-despised fixed mindset.

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SOR and SOCIAL MEDIA, and other iterations of the database.

Isn’t SOR a form of electronic social media? Why yes it is! Why not promote toxicity? Perhaps the founders ratified Article 1 and the provisions therein with sound reason! But the ignorant majority of the Rehnquist Court in AlaskaV. knew better…right? Most advocates agree that the Rehnquist court got it wrong, and sex offender registration is unquestionably punitive. In effect approving a gov database use set forth by congress and the presumptive ” will of the people. ” How sure are you about that? Are you certain there is no difference between, A(The people having a database) and B(The people having a database + enslaving some of the people to the maintenance of a machine for life)?? I think there is a quantum difference especially to the notion of human republic.
That decision is not simply an error rippling negative in qualitative terms of human liberty. It is spiraling negative in quantitative terms of human liberty. The latter being far more disconcerting. So while this author mostly highlights the qualitative and does it well, I am light years ahead of her. “Social media acts like an accelerant[*] to an arson” says Bard College President Leon Bostein, “everything moves rapidly and out of control, ..so the slightest spark…creates an avalanche of retribution.” Upon reading that my mind immediately evoked the case of the offenders mobile home trailer being burned killing his woman friend. How many years ago was that? My state had statutes regulating dissemination upon conviction of specific statutes. The law specified precisely which entities were to be notified and statutes existed to punish those who shared unauthorized information. Which IMO is precisely why the minority pointed to Constanteneau

[ * accelerator would have been better choice. Accelerant: is a substance by definition, social media isn’t a substance.]

I’m new to this forum. Lots of great info. Dont understand the bickering. All I can say is with my non Union home improvement company , when I hired eight new employees, the Union had a program where workers hired in to disrupt, dismantle, and destroy the non union company. Hope that isn’t happening here.

@Fred…..Welcome! The bickering is usually caused by just one person who posts under two monikers and uses those to thank, agree, & compliment himself. As a whole this is a great forum with great people who are largely pulling together for a common purpose.
@BobbyS….thanks for the update bud! I have to go check in this month too. I’ll report back also if something different happens with my visit

Sir, You post is true and profound. Welcome.

Years back, I read a book called, “The Tipping Point,” which discussed how sea-changes tend to occur. Call me an optimist (I hope you do…! 😉😂) but it seems society is finally tiring of all the pitchforks and torches, the tarring and feathering. Will it end overnight? Absolutely not. Culture changes slowly but culture changes also tend to pick up speed as the tipping point takes effect.

I have hope that between the shift in posture from the mainstream media, the scrutiny social media are starting to get, the increased desire for (regaining some) privacy, criminal justice reform, the new posture of the ALI, etc., the winds may be shifting to our favor. It’s not a driving force but it seems the sails dragging us toward more and more shaming have gone slack. Now we just need the boom to come about!

All these shifts in society do not go unnoticed by judges/justices. IMO, they’ll especially take not of the ALI’s new stance because it’s their own people advocating for it. (Judges like to fit in, too.)

In short, this all gives me strengthened hope. I won’t say “renewed” because I’ve never lost it.

Cheers (to James) and Veritas (to a handful of you).

AJ, you are an optimist. Feel better?

When I look at world events lately such at the US’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and see blaming and pointing fingers, I am pessimistic.

When I see science prove over and over, since health care was born, that masks help prevent transmission of viruses and then people blame this or that or selfishly claim my body, my freedom knowing very well that cases are exponentially going up, I am pessimistic.

When the Tuskegee Experiment kept a cure away from people infected years after the cure was available, I cringed. And now even though vaccines have been doing wonders for many diseases for many decades, society still is wary of them.

I am pessimistic. I am pessimistic that society will ever trust the 100’s of studies done supporting our cause here. I am pessimistic because I and many others have seen the results of losing jobs, forced to live under a bridge, arrested for driving past a school, looking at 1st amendment protected images, literature, and/or singled out by the ones trusted to help us in need.

I am pessimistic; yes I am.

Some one on another sight was speaking about the comments here and had to come back for a laugh.
The news has been using the phrase, “ Alternative Reality” for quite a while now to define the way people are perceiving the current political and social environment in this country. Well, if they want to see it in action, they should come here.
The number of people that chime in thinking that some judicial decision or social awakening is going to somehow ignite the “Flames of Justice” and burn the registry to the ground is astounding. Stop trying to hitch your wagon to these mirages.
The Registry is here to stay. It might take on a different form, such as a tiered system, but it ain’t going away. EVER! It is the one thing that politicians and law enforcement can fall back on to define their existence. The hypocrisy of the American public won’t allow it either. It gives them a feeling of moral superiority in a world where they don’t have much else to feel good about. “Hey, we might be racist pigs that destroyed the world with our greed and glutinous appetites, but at least we aren’t sex offenders!”
Stop chasing rainbows, people. Not being pessimistic, but realistic.

It will go away once society has collapses and destroys itself. Once the dumbass avaracious masses destroy themselves, Or when everyone will be on some sort punitive registry the people will pull their heads out of their asses. This shit cannot go on forever, without severe karma coming to the dumb masses and the “elites” of America.

The masses are paying for it, with these tyrannical lockdowns and power grabs from the elite.

Yes, no reasonable person could dispute the people having a database of proven bad actors! So it will not go away, but it’s use will be limited. The latter are already being promulgated.

I’ve been on the registry for 21 years now and I’ve come across alot of detectives random cops, U.S Marshal’s and sex offender taskforces trying to send me to prison, for FTR.
Out of all the law enforcement agencies I encountered I think the scariest one was the SAFE.TASK.FORCE they’ll follow you around for weeks before they actually make contact with you and GOD forbid you go visited a your mom or an really close friend or family member longer then 3 days while under their investigation.
The SAFE task force is sneaky and very manipulative if you happen to encounter them do not talk to them they’ve already been watching you whatever they’re asking you they already know their just trying get you to say something incriminating so they can use it against you in A court of law ⁹so be careful they’re still out there.
I remember reading a couple years back they had an actual sex offender van that they used it was all souped up with all kinds of high tech technology infrared all kinds of kool stuff they got it from the FBI, they have unlimited resources you’ll never know when or how their actually tracking you.
In 2008 two plainclothes detectives from the SAFE task force a man and women sat with me and my wife at a restaurant as we waited to be seated we remember them because they were complimenting us on how beautiful our children were and it was along 25 minute wait.
Days later they both showed up at my house and identified themselves as detective with the SAFE TASK FORCE doing a random compliance check.

Good luck

Aero1, Sounds like East Germany after the Soviets took over…how can one be free after punishment is complete when what you describe happens? Good to be paranoid – helps keep one from being locked up and alive.

I guess I should count my blessings as LE has left me alone ever since the pandemic started where my sheriff here in Texas has not even bothered to come to my house.

There is no federal law, no state law and no county regulation (unincorporated where I live) and I am not on probation or parole so there is no legal requirement for a home check for me where I live, but the sheriff has been doing that anyway once or twice a year anyway prior to the pandemic as it is a Sheriff Department Policy. I co-operate as little as possible because I am not legally required to do so.

A few years ago I read the Dallas police department stopped home checks (I am not sure if that has resumed under a new police chief). The police chief stated murder and gang violance is up and I need to put my resources where best needed and doing home checks of people who cause no problems and are doing what they are suppose to be doing is a waste of resources and is not making the community safer.

@Aero1, “Out of all the law enforcement agencies I encountered I think the scariest one was the SAFE.TASK.FORCE”

Fair enough, but probably more insidious by far is the troll, Gaslighter and stalker that is not LE.

I agree troll, gaslighting and stalkers that aren’t LE are more insidious then the SAFE taskforce and being on Megan’s law website for life is inhumane and a death sentence people who committed crimes that got them placed in tier 3 don’t have any chance of ever going free and that causes anger and resentment tords anyone who isn’t in the same situation.
I hope something changes in the nerfuture so certain people who’ve been placed in tier 3 can go free.

Good luck 🤏🤓

In about 2005 or 6, or sometime way back, there was a Texas lawmaker who said he could instantly get 40,000 people to back him up. He was referring to trolls, etc. that would come to his aid and argue for tougher laws. They don’t have the clout they once did but QAnon proves they are still lying in wait. Most people today are more educated about evidence based laws and so comments are not so tunnel visioned.

That same lawmaker said that even without the registry, registrants would be so paranoid about being watched by the 40,000 it was just as effective as being watched. Wish I could find that article. It explains the poisoned grassroots and how the debate became so toxic.

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…until the trolls have the power of arrest, can obtain search and arrest warrants, initiate prosecution and carry handcuffs and guns which they are prepared to use, then the police, and especially those very creepy task forces, are far scarier. This is very much like the argument that corporations are somehow scarier than governments. Yeah… no. Get your threat matrix in order. Yes, mindless mobs are very scary but governments even more so.

Are you saying the government didn’t rely on mindless mobs to justify the new laws? Indeed, from the mouths of the mindless mobs (constituents) screaming bloody terror, the echo chamber of “soft on crime” prevailed and the screws turned ever tighter. This was not only applied to sex crime laws, but to all laws across the board. Back when most any news article told the story of a sex crime, almost every comment on the ‘net called for a death sentence. Only after the push for evidence based laws seeped into the debate did the tide turn and the mobs were not so mindless any longer.

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