Category: Letters from Prison

Writings from Prison: A Righteous Indignation.

  By Lon Whittaker   There is an outburst of passion which is called “righteous indignation” and it appears to be righteous, but looked at from a higher conception of conduct it is seen to be not righteous. There is a certain nobility about indignation at wrong or injustice, and is certainly far higher than indifference, but here is a loftier nobility still, by which it is seen that indignation is never necessary and, where love and gentleness take its place, they overcome the wrong much more effectively. A person that is apparently wronged requires our pity, but he...

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Writings from Prison: The Potential to Be President.

  By Lon Whittaker Recently I have made the conscious decision to apply myself to find the measure of my true potential. How do I not sell myself short but still set my goals to be reasonably attainable? What I found was extremely frustrating. Potential resides upon the line between possible and implausible. It is much less of a destination than it is a journey, something to be strived for but never reached. Despite his later actions, Oscar Pistorius showed a great deal of human potential when, as a double amputee, he not only made it to the 2012...

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Writings from Prison: Discipline or the Pursuit Thereof.

By Lon Whittaker Through my life of ever-changing pursuits of both positive and negative lifestyles, one of the few aspirations that have been steady has been discipline, or the pursuit thereof. Always seeing discipline as an end to all my problems. Sometimes I would fantasize about being a cold, efficient criminal. Sometimes I would fantasize about being self-disciplined enough to actually go to school or stay in it and do my homework. Throughout my life, I always had it in my mind that if I could only be self-disciplined, I could figure out a way to make something of...

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Writings from Prison: Tearing Down Walls of Expectation.

  By Lon Whittaker During the time between when I wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, use the restroom and wash my face, I have seen four people and have eight reasons to be frustrated. Whether it be people leaving the restroom without washing their hands, or leaving messes behind after showering or toothpaste in the sink, the frustration grows. This continues while standing in line for breakfast and someone skips by me, or tries to talk to me without having brushed his teeth. This is added on to a day full of missed please, thank you’s...

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