Princess Enheduanna, daughter of King Sargon I of Akkad, born around 2,300 BC composed, as High Priestess of Nanna, god of the moon, a series of songs in praise of the goddess of love and war, Inanna, duly recording her own name as author-scribe at the end of her tablets.
(from "A History Of Reading" by Steven Roger Fischer)
A thing struck me while driving on the highway in California last week – I was concerned about cops when I was driving a little fast. When time came to park I was also concerned about cops giving me a ticket if I parked incorrectly or was over time.
I think THIS is a large cause of the problem with police and police violence today. Since the police acts as profit centres for their precincts by giving out tickets by the numbers (speed, time over parking etc.) rather than only tackling dangerous situations and dangerous people, we have come to see the police as a sort of an enemy rather than someone who is always on our side.
Therefore, if the police could leave these jobs to someone else, with a different uniform and different job, maybe a ‘highway speed agency’ and a ‘parking agency’ then we could somehow more easily reconnect with the cops.
What do you think?
Pavel’s event in the California was quite awesome, but very time consuming. That, and the meetings I was lucky enough to have meant very little time to meet people. I hope to spend some more time in sunny California next time and see more of my wonderful friends.