Communication may be more contentious some times than others, depending on how people feel they have been treated -- AND it's always a dialogue. Especially in a democracy where there is often a built-in mechanism, however ineffective, for an aggrieved party to seek a "remedy."" AND there is always Freedom of Speech and the Marketplace of Ideas. If people think it's important enough, they may very well be back around for "re-dress." At least that is what Cleveland County District Judge Alma Wilson thought when I interviewed her when I was a college student 30 years ago. Judge Wilson went on to become a Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, she has since passed away leaving quite a legacy. What really resonated with me at the time of my interview was then Judge Wilson's contention that Law was on the forefront of philosophical thought. Well, I had to admit that the Law probably had my Medieval Philosophy Class beat on that. I think Judge Wilson was right "The Law" in its broadest sense is on the forefront of philosophical thought -- and it has had to become much more Inter-Disciplinary to be effective. In fact, most professions have had to become much more inter-disciplinary to become effective --- and many think they are on the forefront of philosophical thought or something much superior. Most of us think what we do matters [or want to be doing work that matters]-- otherwise why do it? In fact, where trauma to individuals is concerned in our society -- it matters not only to those individuals, and those who are seeing and/or perceiving it -- but generations to come. Hardly any pressure, right? On the other hand, as human beings the one thing we can be counted on to do is to make mistakes -- we are NOT perfect. We've got some pretty serious problems that have been going on for a long time, people are trying to solve those problems, those problems are not totally fixed yet, and thousands of people with "mental illness" endure "trauma" on a pretty daily basis in Colorado and most States. We think the State is doing Tremendous Substantive Work and getting at some Root Causes. If we thought the State was on the verge of solving ALL this, we would do something else. There are plenty of problems in the world to solve. Look forward to seeing Folks for the MI Olmstead Meeting Tues. Oct. 4
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Alma Wilson
Justice Wilson was a pretty small person and those who know me know I'm pretty short, and the fact of the matter is I'm shrinking.
I often wondered if Justice Wilson poofed her hair up to make herself look taller -- because I do. Maybe I just do that.
Anyway I like Justice Wilson's hair and I think it is important to have role models that kinda look like us -- and we are a very diverse group of folks.
Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan at the Scopes Trial (1925)
This picture is supposed to symbolize that we can all "dialogue" together. It is also a not so subtle suggestion that we are Clarence Darrow and the State is William Jennings Bryan. -- Hey it's still our website. We can only imagine what kind of picture the State would put up there.
P.S. We don't smoke.
To be really obnoxious about it, many of us have lost loved ones to smoking -- so if you do smoke-- we don't want to lose you, consider clicking the button below for the Colorado Quitline: