Having something to occupy my attention when I don’t feel well really helps – to a point. I have been working steadily at typing up Dad’s manuscripts as I feel like it. Given my gift of task-focus, I am absolutely oblivious to everything when I am working on something. I can literally go all day long, forgetting even to eat. I need to step back oftener and take more care to fight the bug instead of using my ability to focus to ignore its’ effects!
It’s been a good decision to work on the two I chose at the same time. Balances out some. It’s all uphill going with Clank!, but it is starting to get easier. I’ve read it before so it isn’t news but it sure is hard to see someone we love suffer… Even after the fact.
Dad had that focus too. He was, at heart, a process engineer with a marvelous gift for designing and building the things necessary to that process. He saw the ENTIRE process too, and the people who would ultimately use the machines he designed were the most important consideration in the whole thing for him. His analytical approach, and his ability to see the whole picture make for a remarkable document in Clank!.
He observed that the prison experience was unique for the innocent and most were guilty. I’m not so sure. I suspect that the whole grief process he talks of is common to all inmates and unless and until we deal with what we do TO inmates in our prisons, we are never going like what we get when we let them back out. Keeping them all in jail forever isn’t working out for us.
Remember that experiment done by a college class where they divided the class up into “prisoners” and “guards” and played out a prison? They had to end it of course, it got much too far out of hand, much too quickly, for them to be able to continue it ethically. See if I can find info about that one. I do not understand why we fail to learn from making the same mistakes that are not giving us the results we want, over and over and over – and generally at great expense.
I suspect the percentage of innocents is a lot higher than we might want to think about too. I remember one of the Bush’s was pushing to just kill off all the dirty-rotten, low-down, no-good prisoners on death row. His task force came back to him and told him they could not speed the process of execution up any more because there were far too many people on death row who were actually innocent. I don’t recall the percentage but it was staggering to me at the time.
At any rate, I’m not bored although my projects of the moment are not helping me be better in social situations. That’s ok. My contagious misery would be less popular, I am sure. I’m hoping to get through the worst of it all at about the same time. Might be resisting doing things to speed my recovery so that I can work undisturbed on things that I know will take pretty much all I’ve got? Hmmm. Ulterior motives are always a possibility. The stress of it all might also be costing me in my immune response, stress does that. There’s a pretty little tiger to hold by the tail.
Here’s the info about that prison stody. It was done by Stanford University in the 70’s.
“How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please read the story of what happened and what it tells us about the nature of human nature.”
–Professor Philip G. Zimbardo
Statistics: Posted by rj5156 — Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:50 pm