I found The Paradoxical Commandments today, or perhaps I should say, that they found me. I go on a daily search for quotes which strike a chord – assemblages of words that speak to a deeper place within me! I am both encouraged and dismayed by what I find during these quote scavenger hunts. I am encouraged by the endless supply of truth and knowledge which spans the many ages of humankind, yet similarly dismayed by the chasm between our access to this information and our common practices. It often seems the case that much damage is already done before we collectively wise up and take a stand for reason and logic. We are encouraging you to take a stand for Morgan Geyser!
Another little gem I just discovered while on my daily search for kernels of truth, scattered about the digital terrain, was this Huffington Post article written by Jessica S. Henry, concerning the madness of trying Morgan Geyser as an adult, for first degree attempted homicide (read her Slender Man Article). It would seem that more mainstream voices are seeing this case for what it is: extreme injustice! As you know, there are numerous ways you can help by being Morgan Geyser’s voice, and now I have two more for you. First check out the Support Morgan Geyser page on Facebook. This is yet another voice that exists in the public arena attempting to lobby for logic and reason, with daily content pertinent to both the case and to Morgan. I also encourage those interested in the Letter Writing Pool to choose the digital option, if it works better for you, and send your letter through the Contact page. Please ensure that your “Subject” is The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, and that you address him in “Your Message” directly, as The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren. These emails will be forwarded to her attorney, and will allow you to expedite your voice.
The Paradoxical Commandments
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
~ Kent M. Keith
Morgan Geyser needs support! We are positing the notion that Morgan needs and deserves treatment! There is no way to undo the harm that has already transpired, but we can certainly prohibit any more from occurring. In an increasingly chaotic world with dwindling resources, where overcrowding is the rule not the exception, we can expect to see more and more mental illness. It is easy to dismiss until it touches down in your life, but the devastation it can create is terrifying. As a society we need to take responsibility for our own! Learn more about The Facts.
I was encouraged today by an article in Slate, written by Dahlia Lithwick, concerning Morgan’s Case. It would seem that there is a mainstream voice calling for reason and logic in a case clearly riddled with madness! There is a strong and prevalent push to treat this 12 year old child as a competent adult, and very little credence is being paid to her now diagnosed, yet untreated schizophrenia. As is often the case, she has and is being tried in the media. The media is demonizing Morgan in its endless effort to turn a buck from the misery of the world. It is quite clear that Morgan is mentally ill, and that this untreated mental illness precipitated the violent crime. Even the media has latched on to the figure of Morgan’s delusions, and cast it center stage, coining the phrase: the ‘Slender Man stabbing’. Lithwick’s article is the first mainstream news targeting the decision to try a mentally ill child as an adult, and while Lithwick may not know it, she is doing exactly what we are asking you to do: to speak up for Morgan!
We believe that we can be Morgan’s slender chance – her slender chance at receiving the help she needs! The easy route is clear: lock her up, throw away the key – out of sight, out of mind. But we believe that Morgan Geyser is the canary in the mine. The crime at the center of this case is merely the symptom; the problem is untreated mental illness. I also located an interesting USA Today article posing an argument against trying children as adults in the criminal court system. As most people know, scientific studies have shown that children are not developmentally capable of understanding the cause/effect of their actions in the same manner as adults, which is precisely why the juvenile court system exists. While the USA Today article does not specifically target the elephant in the living room, mental illness, it still represents a minority of journalists who are rightly questioning the Judge’s decision on March 13th.
There is only one hope, one slender chance left for Morgan Geyser, and that is the Reverse Waiver Plea. In this vein we ask that you join our Letter Writing Pool in an effort to influence Judge Michael Bohren to make the humane decision, and remand Morgan to the juvenile court system! There are many ways to get involved though! Engage by commenting on blog posts. Share this page on your social media sites. Tell the people you know, and ask them to tell the people they know. Donate with the button on the Support page – funds which will cover legal fees for Morgan Geyser – and receive a complementary sticker to help promote Morgan’s cause. Be a part of the solution, instead of the problem!
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” ~ Robert Kennedy