This is an original short story written by Edward Fagan.

 Missing child abducted close to her parents

Missing their abducted child, the Riley’s are doing everything in their power to get her back in their custody. The Rileys experience is one of shock, loss and utter pain.

Crystal Riley 7, frequently plays in the park not far from her home. She, however, only plays in the presence of her parents John and Maria Riley. The Riley’s are usually vigilant in keeping a watchful eye on their only child. On this occasion, Crystal’s parents stand their usual several yards away from her, but they are speaking with a couple. This conversation lasts about half an hour.

The couple with whom the Rileys speak receive a phone call and suddenly depart. They are polite while leaving and bid the Rileys good bye.

The Riley’s then attempt to take their daughter home; but Crystal is nowhere in sight. At first the Riley’s don’t think that Crystal is missing. They look everywhere in the park, speaking with adults and children expecting to find Crystal. After about 45 minutes, the Rileys become convinced that Crystal is indeed missing.

The Riley’s immediately call the police who respond very swiftly.

Missing child and parents, about

The Rileys (each is an Ivy League graduate) both work in law enforcement. They think that this might be a contributing factor to their daughter’s plight.

Maria Riley 35, is a skilful prosecutor of some ten years experience. She served as an Assistant District Attorney for five years. She has been serving as a District Attorney following her appointment to this post five years ago. Maria Riley’s sound arguments in court have resulted in the prosecution of many accused persons.

John Riley 38, is an erudite state court judge. He also has six years experience in this position. John Riley is a former District Attorney of several years experience; and he has successfully argued against many accused persons. His rulings as a state court judge have also resulted in the prosecution of many accused persons.

Crystal Riley 7, the abducted daughter and only child of the Rileys, is doing exceptionally well at school. She is also very good at remembering faces, names, phone numbers and addresses. She knows her parents’ names, phone numbers, and home and work addresses.

The Riley’s are hoping that somehow, their daughter can use her cleverness to help them find her.

Missing child and the investigation

Police are investigating the abduction around the clock. Police and the national guard are searching to locate the child and acquire any evidence of, and apprehend, the abductors. The media are announcing information relevant to finding Crystal and apprehending her abductors. They are asking persons to come forward with any information that can help in the investigation.

All parties involved in finding Crystal Riley, such as the police and media, continue working briskly to find her. The Riley’s and police are prepared for calls from a likely kidnapper. The Rileys offer an attractive reward to anyone who provides information that leads to finding Crystal.

Persons formerly prosecuted by one or both Rileys are the chief suspects for the police. The police have questioned some such persons and released them for lack of evidence against them. The police are seeking other such persons in connection with Crystal’s disappearance.

Missing child and a turn in the investigation

Sergeant Paul Lashley, a member of the investigating team, thinks contrary to the other members of the team. He has a completely different suspect in mind. He questions the Rileys about the couple to whom they spoke in the park. Sergeant Lashley thinks this couple, to whom the Riley’s spoke, performed a role in Crystal’s disappearance.

“Why were they checking their watches so frequently while speaking with the Rileys? Why did they end the conversation and departed so suddenly after a phone call to which they responded “OK, fine” ? What was that phone call about? From whom did that phone call come?” Sergeant Lashley asks himself in his notes.

The Blackburns probably are still performing some task in connection with the custody of Crystal. They, perhaps, are in contact with her abductors, Sergeant Lashley thinks.

Sergeant Lashley notes a few things about the couple, Jane and Richard Blackburn. They mentioned their names to the Rileys and drove away in an empty car. They parked in an open area before driving away, easily revealing their registration plates.

He observes that the Blackburns display freedom from fear of suspicion. He thinks this can be helpful in leading the investigation to Crystal’s abductors; and he conceals all evidence of police suspicion from the Blackburns.

Missing child, the investigation continues

Sergeant Paul Lashley continues working determinedly to find and free Crystal Riley and arrest her abductors. Toward this end, he does a background check on the Blackburns which turns up clean. It also reveals they are owners of a successful retail business.

He then asks and receives the Rileys permission to show around photos of Crystal to selected persons. These persons, hopefully, might have information that could lead to her location. He shows around such photos for almost a week without a helpful response.Then something happens during the following week.

Missing child and the hope of finding her

A middle aged lady who sees the photos says that she saw Crystal walking reluctantly with someone to a car. Crystal was walking with a man in his forties. She says it was clear that Crystal was sad, unhappy and fearful of him. This lady says she noted the car and took its registration number in case this could be of help later.

Several other persons give vivid eye witness accounts similar to this one. Two other persons give similar accounts which indicate this man taking Crystal to the Blackburn’s retail store.

The vehicle’s registration number leads to a James Wickham who perfectly fits the eye witnesses description of the vehicle’s driver. The police arrest and question James Wickham and check his background. His criminal record shows that he has abducted children in the past for hire.

The police question him about the Blackburns; and he strongly denies knowing them. The police tell James Wickham about his phone call to Jane Blackburn on the day of Crystal’s abduction. James Wickham then says that he knows the Blackburns. He also says that the Blackburns paid him to abduct Crystal. The police charge him with Crystal’s abduction and custody.

James Wickham says that he does not know where Crystal Riley is. He says this because he handed her over to a couple whose name and address he does not know. He says he handed her over on a lonely country road a week after he abducted her; and the Blackburns set up the handing over of her to the couple.

Missing, the police find Chrystal alive 

The police arrest Jane and Richard Blackburn and question them in connection with Crystal’s disappearance. The police, however, do not tell the Blackburns that they arrested and questioned James Wickham. Officers question Jane and Richard Blackburn about James Wickham; and they deny knowing him.

The police then tell them about the phone call he made to them during their conversation with Crystal’s parents. The Blackburns admit to knowing James Wickham. They then admit their involvement in Crystal’s abduction. Jane Blackburn and her husband hired and paid the abductor. The money, however, was provided by the couple who received Crystal. The police charge the Blackburns with their involvement in the abduction and custody of Crystal.

Jane and Richard Blackburn say that they were just trying to assist a couple who truly love children.

This couple, they say, desire to have children but are incapable of becoming biological parents. The couple are always unsuccessful whenever they try to legally adopt a child. They have exhausted all legal avenues for adopting a child, without any success.

Richard Blackburn, gives the police the names and address of the couple to whom James Wickham gave Crystal. Mark and Janice Stuart received Crystal from her abductor, James Wickham. The police raid the home of the Stuarts, taking Crystal and arresting the Stuarts.

In police custody, the Stuarts reiterate all that the Blackburns told the police. The police, likewise, charge the Stuarts according to their part in the abduction and illegal custody of Crystal.

Missing child happily reunites with parents

Crystal returns to her parents who delight at her presence and receive her with much joy, and tears. John and Maria Riley are effusive in their expression of physical and other affection toward Crystal.

Crystal says that the Stuarts treated her like a princess, but they prevented her from using the phone. She says that the man who took her also treated her kindly. She says that she fear him because he is a stranger who took her without her parents consent.

A medical practitioner examines Crystal and finds her to be without any injuries. A psychiatrist also assesses Crystal and says she is not adversely affected by her recent abduction.

By Edward Fagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an original short story written by Edward Fagan.

The accident happens 

The accident occurs as Ryan hears a loud sound which makes him very alert. He thus is suddenly aware once again that he is driving. He is unable to give an account of his driving for the last couple of minutes. Ryan did not lose consciousness during this time due to any illness.

Ryan thinks he fell asleep while driving and struck an object. He struck this object, whatever it is, very hard given the loudness of sound heard. Ryan wants to know what object he struck.

It is 02: 15 a.m. and outside is chilly and dark. Ryan is traveling on a long stretch of winding road that runs through a large, forested and ecologically diverse area. The forest contains wildlife, and there is a lake and a river in the area. This forested area is located in a remote country region.

The accident and its background

Ryan was driving toward home while he was under the influence of alcohol. He had spent several hours drinking at a pub in a nearby county prior to the start of this journey.

Ryan stopped drinking at pubs and bars in his home county just over a year ago. He stopped because his drinking and behaviour had given him a bad reputation there.

His drinking and behaviour were also affecting his relationship with his family and his work. Ryan’s wife threatened him with divorce, and his boss warned him about the prospect of dismissal from his job.

He even once injured one of his neighbour’s sons while driving under alcoholic influence. He, however, made an out of court settlement with the boy’s family over that accident.

Ryan promised his family and his boss that he would not repeat that mistake. He also promised to control his drinking and change his behaviour. Ryan, therefore, can not afford to become involved in an accident where he is driving under alcoholic influence. He even more so, can not afford to become involved in an accident that causes injury or death to someone.

The accident, Ryan conducts an investigation

Ryan is very apprehensive about the accident. He slows to a stop, takes his flashlight from the cubby and leaves the twin cab pickup truck. The object he struck, is what Ryan is trying to find out.

He slowly walks around the truck, looking carefully on the ground. He expects to discover any fixed or moveable object struck by him while he was driving. Ryan also looks underneath the truck.

He does not see any object, animate or inanimate, that he might have struck while driving. Ryan then decides to check the truck for any sign of damage caused by collision with an object. He now carefully focusses the flashlight’s beam on the pickup truck itself, slowly and meticulously.

Before completing a full circle around the truck during its inspection, Ryan sees damage. He sees two dents that he’s sure weren’t there before. One dent is located in the area of the upper to lower part of the front bumper. It is equidistant from both bumper ends. The other dent is located in the area of the upper to middle part of the grill. This dent is just above the dent in the bumper.

Ryan continues to inspect the truck and completes a full circle of movement around it. He sees no other damage. He struck a movable object, no doubt, but what and where is it?

The accident and Ryan’s further investigation

Ryan parked on the right hand side of the road. He struck the object, whatever it is, on this side of the road. The middle of the front of the vehicle is the part that struck the object. This is so based on the location of the dents on the vehicle.

“I don’t have any clues concerning where to start looking for the object I struck. Perhaps I should start looking in the wooded area to my right.”, Ryan thinks. “Standing close to this area, maybe I could start here.”, Ryan reasons. Ryan starts to walk away from the pickup truck in the direction in which he was driving. He thus walks along the right hand side of the road.

Using his flashlight as he slowly walks along, Ryan looks attentively into the wooded area to his right. He looks as far as the flashlight beam would allow him to see. Walking steadily, he only stops occasionally to pay closer attention to some area that looks darker.

Sometimes he sees a fallen tree limb, other times he sees a small clearing. Hikers and campers do make these clearings at times. He even sees the decaying, partial remains of a deer.

Ryan continues walking slowly and steadily, carefully checking and stopping for a while every now and then. Still, he sees nothing unusual. He does not even see an insect or small animal of any kind.

Then, he sees something that looks unusual; and he starts to worry. Ryan sees a freshly made, narrow foot path. “Who made this foot path and why did they make it?”, Ryan wonders. “Where does it lead?”, he asks.

The accident scene and Ryan’s discovery

Ryan decides to walk off the road and through the tract to its ending. “I hope this isn’t the worst that it can be.”, he says to himself. He worries more and more about a painful outcome from this walk. He worries as he goes deeper into the woods and toward the end of the tract.

Ryan continues using his flashlight as he did earlier. Suddenly, in the faintly lit distance, he sees something that looks unusual. He wishes it offers the prospect of hope rather than that of despair.

Ryan walks ahead and sees what looks like the end of the tract leading to a small clearing. In this clearing, Ryan sees a motionless human-like object. He continues walking toward the clearing and the human-like object. Ryan sees something that extremely shocks him when he finally gets to the clearing, and he faints.

He returns to his normal self but remains in a state of acute fear. He looks at a fully dressed human, a male, who appears to be in his 40’s. This man is lying on his back and motionless. Ryan draws closer and examines him but does not see any external wounds, bleeding or other evidence of physical injury.

Bending over, Ryan checks his pulse and body temperature, and examines his eyes. Ryan thinks he’s dead. “I just killed a man in a vehicular accident”,  Ryan whispers in a sad tone.

The accident and Ryan’s response to his discovery

Ryan glances at his watch and notes that it is 03: 30 a.m. Ryan worries that he has now killed a man while driving under the influence of alcohol. He knows that he has a much higher level of alcohol in his blood than the legal maximum level. Ryan fears that the sheriff’s office will notice his state of intoxication if he goes and reports the accident.

“What should I do? Should I report this accident to the sheriff ‘s office? Should I dump the body in the nearby river and continue on my journey?”, Ryan asks in silence. Ryan makes a decision “I’m going to report this accident to the nearest sheriff’s office immediately.”

The accident and Ryan’s action after his discovery?  

Ryan returns to the vehicle and drives toward the sheriff ‘s office. He drives in the direction in which he was traveling at the time of the accident. He notices a bear lying motionless on his side of the road and it seems to have died recently. It is about 35 yards from where the accident occurred.

Ryan gives a truthful account of the accident after arriving at the sheriff’s office. He is glad that he complies with the law in doing this. Ryan is accompanied by two sheriff’s deputies back to the location of the accident. They are to conduct an investigation there. Ryan is still sad, and fearful of the consequences of this accident.

On their way to the location, both deputies take note of the bear lying at the side of the road. They note that it seems to have died recently. Ryan and the two deputies arrive at the location of the accident.

Ryan is fearful of the consequences of this accident. He thinks he is guilty of the motor manslaughter of the man whose body he discovered in the woods. He thinks that some of the evidence that will lead to his prosecution, will come out of this investigation. Ryan thinks that the rest of the evidence will come from the autopsy that will follow it.

The accident and Ryan’s relief 

He takes the deputies to the clearing in the wooded area where he saw the body of a man. He believed the man was dead. The body Ryan saw is no longer there. Some one removed the body without a trace. Ryan is surprised and confused.

” There was the body of a man right here in this spot.”, Ryan says to the deputies. He is pointing to the exact spot where he saw the body. Both deputies believe that Ryan saw the body of a man in the spot as he claims.

The two deputies quietly carry out their investigation and take photos; after which they ask Ryan to return with them to the sheriff ‘s office. At the sheriff’s office, the deputies tell Ryan that there will be further investigation of the accident. There will also be further investigation of the claim of discovery and disappearance of the body of a man.

Ryan is praised for reporting the accident early, and telling the truth about the accident. He is praised for telling the truth about his drinking prior to his last home-bound journey. He is also praised for reporting his discovery of a man’s body.

The deputies warn Ryan, however, about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. They also remind him that the practice is illegal. The deputies promise that they will not prosecute him for driving under alcoholic influence on this occasion. Ryan thanks the deputies for pardoning him for driving under alcoholic influence.

The sheriff’s office also refuses to charge him with any other traffic offence. There is no evidence that he is guilty of any such offence; and he thanks the deputies.

The accident and what follows

Ryan tells the deputies that he continues to have fears about the accident. He worries that he might be responsible for the death of the man whose body he saw in the woods. One of the two deputies who visited the location of the accident spoke with Ryan. He reminds Ryan that he could have struck the recently killed bear seen close to where the accident occurred. He, instead, could have struck the man whose body he discovered in the woods.

Ryan agrees with the deputy and finds some hope in the thought of his having struck the bear. He prefers to have struck the bear rather than the man.

The sheriff ‘s office promises to contact Ryan if necessary, concerning the continuing investigation into the accident. The sheriff’s office also promises to contact him if necessary concerning the claimed discovery and disappearance of a man’s body.

The sheriff’s office does not charge Ryan with any traffic or other offences. He continues to experience a sense of sadness, but now, is beginning to also experience a sense of joy.

The accident and Ryan’s final thoughts about it

Ryan wonders about a few things as he drives toward home. He wonders if he caused the accident by not being sober and falling asleep while driving. He also wonders how the accident would have gone had he been sober and awake when it happened.

“Did the vehicle collide with the man or the bear, and if it did, whose fault was it?”, Ryan asks.

Ryan thinks this accident leaves a few questions unanswered. Some of these questions pertain to the discovery and disappearance of a man’s body. Some of these questions, likewise, pertain to the presence of a recently killed bear near the location of the accident.

Ryan is wondering if this accident and its implications might just be the final wakeup call. Is this a warning for him to stop driving under alcoholic influence before something much more serious than this happens?

By Edward Fagan

 

This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan.

Shakespeare, a humble genius

Shakespeare, William, is England’s national poet. They also designate him the Bard of Avon, and the greatest writer in the English Language. The world, in addition, recognizes him as it’s greatest playwright. He, however, never attended a university; he only attended secondary school.

This man who attended secondary school only, seems to embarrass some people of a tertiary education background. They seem embarrassed that he writes better than they write. They think, perhaps, that a tertiary educated person alone should bear the awesome titles mentioned above; and they take offence at his reputation as a writer because of this.

At first, some members of the tertiary educated fraternity set out to deny that he ever did exist. The records, however, showed that he lived and died, and so this attempt to erase his existence failed.

Shakespeare, and trying to deny him credit

Next, they tried to claim his greatness for one of their own. They tried to credit his writing to tertiary educated writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon. This also did not work.

(Christopher Marlowe was educated at the prestigious University of Oxford. He held a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from that university. He distinguished himself as a writer, and many knew him in this regard. Why would he hide behind Shakespeare’s name?)

(Francis Bacon attended another prestigious English institution, the University of Cambridge. Bacon held a Bachelor’s degree from this institution, and studied law at Gray’s Inn. He also fulfilled the role of statesman, and served as a parliamentarian for nearly four decades. He had no reason to hide behind Shakespeare’s name.)

They also credited other well known accomplished writers, by name, with writing Shakespeare’s works. Some of these writers, additionally, also achieved excellence in other areas. The government and society of their day held these men in high regard. They had no reason to hide behind Shakespeare’s name.

Shakespeare transcends place of  birth and upbringing

God blessed William Shakespeare with rear literary genius. He, consequently, applied his genius to write the master pieces with which we credit him. He transcends his place of birth and upbringing, and therefore belong to the whole world. This is due to his genius, and the universal nature of the masterpieces it has created.

By Edward Fagan

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Blog completion I’m hastily pursuing, and beg your patience during this period.

This is an original essay written by Edward  Fagan.

Expressing love personally  

We can express love in a variety of ways whenever there is a need to express love. We thus can express love whenever we practise it, and practise it whenever it is welcome. When we express love, we will always do so using one or more ways of expressing such love.

We can express love in any of the various and creative ways that suit the particular relationship we are in. We should also remember that expressing love is as important as love itself, and that both are universal and perennial.

Love is a wonderful and necessary quality and practice. Humans, therefore, should possess and practise love toward each other and toward our beautiful world.

Love deserves to be expressed in the most beautiful, artistic and moral way. The esthetic quality, then, of our expression of love in any given situation can never be too high.

Some benefits of  expressing love

Practising love in a manner that reflects emotional and other forms of affection, warmth and sensitivity is important. Such practicing and displaying of love can determine the nature and extent of our response to that expression of love. Displaying love in such an appropriate tone and manner can convey a sense of peace, fraternity, joy and happiness.

Displaying love as mentioned above can bring several advantages to the recipient. It can bring delight to the hearts of recipients who might be suffering through depression, sadness and despair. When we express love, we can sometimes inspire others to cultivate a more positive view of themselves.

We can also inspire them to have a more optimistic view of their circumstances. They thus might realize the need to change for the better, their behaviour toward themselves and their circumstances.

When we express love in the manner mentioned above, and appropriately respond to it, we can experience a beneficial effect. This beneficial effect can be of a mental, emotional or other nature. Both the person who receives the expression of love, and the person who expresses love, can benefit from that expression.

Expressing love culturally and artistically

The cultures of the world reflect the importance of expressing love, in their oral, physical and other customs and traditions. These customs and traditions evolved from the love for and the importance of, expressing love. These customs and traditions and our own inclinations allow us more scope to express love in various ways. We thus enhance our capacity to express love with all of the joy, beauty and art that expressing love deserves.

The arts offer ample opportunities relevant to expressing love. They identify or create, store, retrieve and teach values and practices relevant to love and its expression. Practitioners of the literary, performing and visual arts continue to teach or remind us how we may express love beautifully.

All humans commonly share in this cultural and artistic contribution to our understanding, practice and expression of love. It thus provides an easily accessible resource which we can exploit in our effort at expressing love.

We, obviously, also have our best natural and acquired abilities relevant to expressing love. These include our verbal, physical and other abilities. How much, and the way we use this commonly-shared cultural and artistic legacy, can aid our expression of love. Our natural and acquired abilities relevant to expressing love can also help us greatly in our effort at expressing love. We, therefore, do not have any excuse for not expressing love as effectively and beautifully as we can express it.

Love, Looking At Love More Deeply

By Edward Fagan

This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan.

Training and adults  

Children: their training for life is important for several reasons. These reasons include, developing in them good and regular habits of behaviour that contribute to their personal wellness and circumstances.  These habits of behaviour are morally just toward others and themselves; and also help them to become socially graceful.

Others must assist and train them in developing such habits of behaviour. They are unable to develop these habits of behaviour on their own, given their level of immaturity.

The average level of immaturity and underdevelopment in children does not cause them to suffer any serious disadvantage. It gives them, on the contrary, freshness of mind and an eager willingness to learn and let others guide them.

(In this essay the parent, guardian and child care-giver are seen as knowing what they intend to pass on. They will pass on what they intend to, by way of instruction and example, to those children under their care . Their calling expects that they understand the relationship between indifference to training children and its consequences. That calling also expects that they understand training children in the right way and its advantages.)

Training children

Children develop good, as well as bad, regular habits of behaviour best during early childhood. They also, generally, form bad habits of behaviour where they do not develop good habits. We know what happens when children develop such bad habits of behaviour during the early years.

Younger children develop correct habits more easily than they understand concepts and principles. They doing so is also more immediately important at this stage of their development.

Understanding underlying concepts and principles behind the correct habits becomes easier as children grow older. Younger and other adolescents should understand these underlying concepts and principles, and their relationship to good and bad habits.

They should understand the connection between their actions, right and wrong, and the consequences of these to themselves and others.

Training our little ones draws on several areas of knowledge and practice. It is concerned with correctly influencing and shaping the thinking and action of young innocent persons.

Discipline and other factors

Occasionally, adults must act to prevent undesirable thought and action from becoming rooted in the minds and behaviour of children.

We can use discipline, simple and appropriate, to help us implant correct thought and behaviour, as may be necessary occasionally.

Early childhood training and development of good regular habits of behaviour contribute to the building of character. Such character affects how we relate to ourselves, and to others as individuals and members of social groups. It also affects how we relate to institutions of the sovereign state in which we live, and to God.

Parents, guardians and others who are responsible for nurturing children will determine whether they participate in the training of them. They will determine also, what methods of instruction and action they use in their attempt to successfully train them. Parents who refuse to train their offspring, choose to train them in the wrong way and toward the wrong outcome.

By Edward Fagan

 

Drinkers guilt

This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan. 

Drinkers guilt need not be a problem for non-drinkers but some drinkers think that this should be the case.

Teetotalers who politely refuses alcohol from persons who drink often experience attempts by such persons to pressure them to drink. Some drinkers even think that they should force persons who naturally hate alcohol, to drink. Drinkers often tell non-drinkers that they could as well drink because they are still going to die.

According to these drinkers, you could as well take unnecessary and avoidable risks of premature death because death is inevitable. It seems fitting that some drinkers would always make a reference to death in discussions involving drinking and non- drinking.

It also seems fitting that some non-drinkers would always make a reference to the optimistic and positive aspects of living. They emphasize a sensible and practical life, and the resulting advantages of health and wellness.

These drinking enthusiasts, additionally, assume the right of choice between drinking and non-drinking; but they are usually unwilling to grant that same right of choice to non-drinking, health and wellness enthusiasts.

By Edward Fagan      

 

Looking at love may allow greater understanding of its nature and practice.

This is an original essay written by Edward fagan.

Looking at love in greater detail can help us gain a clearer and better understanding of the importance of love. It can also help us understand the wonderful quality and practice that constitute love.

A clearer understanding of the wonderful quality and practice that make up love can help us in several ways. Such understanding can help us develop love’s quality more completely, and master its practice more perfectly.

We’ll start with the correct, though different, definition of the word love. Love is outgoing care and concern for the next person. It is necessary to know that love exists through action. We give and receive love through the actions we perform toward each other.

The practice of outgoing care and concern for the other person, active practical love is important. This active practical love always indicates the presence in us, of love the inner quality.

Love, the personal quality and practice

In terms of language, love is both a verb and an abstract noun. Both love in action, expressed and practical, and love, the inner quality, are spiritually good. Love, the good spiritual quality, can be a permanent trait of our character during every moment of our existence.

When love, the inner quality, is present in us we practise love, the expressed action toward others. Our outgoing care and concern toward others will aim at helping their person, or their circumstances, or both.

Practised love builds or repairs all types of relationships. Love helps, gives to, cherishes, protects, maintains and preserves the other person and their circumstances.

Love never leads to harm or destruction of the other person. It is therefore impossible for someone to truthfully claim that they killed or harmed someone because they loved them.

We experience the presence of love, the good spiritual quality, when we practise it toward others. We also experience this quality when others practise it toward us.

Our response to our experience of the presence of love as givers or recipients matters.  That response may involve our experiencing a certain emotional state. This may result in the expression of one or another type of emotional behaviour. This happens, for example, in romance and marital situations.

Love’s permanence 

Love is always permanent. Emotional experience and expression do not perform the role of love, they come and go, they are not love.

They are, in a way, similar to sexual foreplay and sexual intercourse. These are not love, but are activities through which a husband and wife can express their love for each other.

There is a course of behaviour that can get in the way and prevent us from practising love. This course of behaviour can be avoided if we uphold certain practices in our daily living.

The practices we can uphold in our daily living to prevent behaviour that obstructs the practice of love include:

Honouring our parents, as well as others in authority over us, and our elderly

Avoiding to commit murder, and avoiding to harm the other person physically or otherwise

Practising faithfulness to the other person with whom we have a romantic or marital relationship

Refusing to steal from the other person

Speaking the truth or remaining silent about the other person, instead of telling lies against him or her

Refusing to covet that which belongs to the other person; refusing to practise envy or jealousy toward him or her.

Love, or outgoing care and concern for the other person, whenever it is practised, always faithfully serves its intended purpose. The practice of love can be the backbone of all human relationships if we would allow this to happen. It can be of great spiritual and other benefit to individuals and groups alike, wherever and whenever it is practised.

Expressing Love And The Ways of Doing So

By Edward Fagan

Standing Up For Morality And The Family Was Necessary On This Occasion.

This is an original essay written by Edward fagan. 

Standing up together for a common cause is something that both government and opposition politicians should do more regularly. One occasion when all politicians should have taken this bipartisan approach was following a particular action which occurred in 2013. On this occasion, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). This section relates to such topics as (for federal purposes) government employees insurance benefits, social security survivors’ benefits and bankruptcy. These laws apply to heterosexual couples only.

The section also relates to immigration, filing of joint tax returns and a scope of other laws. This scope of laws includes protection of (heterosexual only) families of federal officers.  It also includes financial aid eligibility laws, and federal ethics laws applying to heterosexual spouses only.

Those seeking to redefine marriage and the family, obviously, would want to have SCOTUS struck down this section of DOMA.

Standing up for DOMA

This bipartisanship was very evident in May 1996 when both government and opposition politicians voted for the same cause. The Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed Congress and the Senate by large majorities. This bipartisanship thus contributed to the DOMA being signed into law in September, 1996 by President Bill Clinton.

DOMA defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It also defines “spouse” as a partner in a legally recognized heterosexual marriage.

Four out of the nine SCOTUS judges voted in favour of upholding Section 3 of the DOMA. Their position is the correct one, and very noteworthy. The other five judges, clearly, misinterpreted part or all of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

All elected office holders who favoured upholding the DOMA should have highlighted the voting position of those four judges. They should have upheld the voting position of those four judges locally and nationally. They then should have considered using that voting position as the rallying cry for their upholding it in practice. This would be a very good case of the ultimate bipartisanship. It would also be a valid case of the end justifying the means.

By Edward Fagan

       

Mental Health Of Some Leaders Needs To Be Checked 

The state of mental health of our politicians, statesmen and other public figures is very important. The need for an optimal standard of mental health among our national leaders can not be over emphasized. This is so given the nature of the decisions they are required to make, and given the nature and extent of the tasks they are required to perform.

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This relatively small group of people who run our countries have much of our fate in their hands. In a certain country, the president, about 435 congressmen and about 100 senators together decide the fate of the populace.

The populace of this country exceeds three hundred and twenty million people; and the land area of this country is more than three million square miles. This shows the power and responsibility of our political leaders, and the importance of their being of sound mind.

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It used to be the case, since the end of the second World War, that mentally unstable politicians, statesmen and other public figures holding office were mainly to be found in the third world.

Even in the third world, mentally unstable politicians were only expected to hold the reins of power following a military or other coup d’état, or a popular uprising.

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Second world countries, perhaps, might be expected to produce the occasional unstable political leader (the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, is a good example of this point). Such a despotic leader could never be expected to come from a first world country in the post World War 2 era.

The world thought that it had seen the last of the first world’s mentally unstable politicians, following the demise of Hitler, Mussolini, General Francisco Franco, Stalin and General Hideki Tojo. Leaders of a similar mental state to these were not supposed to hold political office ever again in the first world.

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First world countries have been vigilant since 1945 in keeping persons of unstable mind out of high political office. The good reputation earned by the first world countries for civilized behaviour in high political office and other areas of public life, since the end of the second World War, has so far been cherished and well protected.

This situation, however, might be changing soon. There is now a person who seems to be of a very unstable mind seeking election to the highest political office in a prominent first world country. This person is their party’s nominee for the country’s highest political office in the upcoming general election.

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This person’s speech and behaviour remind us of the speech and behaviour of the Axis powers leaders during the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties. This person speaks and behaves like a despot, and ignores rules and conventions in their quest for power. This person shows no regard for others, relative to the consequences of this person’s speech and actions.

This person is considered by some medical experts to be mentally unbalanced. Dr. Drew Pinsky, Physician and radio talk show host, told CNN’s Don Lemon that this person seemed to be suffering from multiple mental illnesses.

Maria Konnikova, New Yorker science and psychology writer, writing on the website Big Think, suggested that this person might be suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, NPD.

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One expert, Dr. Robert Geffner, President of San Diego’s Institution on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, says there are three aberrant disorders psychologists look for: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or NPD; impulse control disorder; and anti-social personality disorders. Dr. Geffner says that the presence of these disorders along with bullying, existing in the same person, is a “dangerous and frightening combination”.

What happens if this person is elected to their country’s highest political office? What domestic and foreign policy principles and practices will this person pursue after the general election if they are successful at the poll?

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Mentally unstable persons and persons who are, otherwise not mentally well, should not be allowed to contest elections for any level of political office. All applicants to such elections should be required to undergo medical tests to verify their mental health status. Periodic mandatory checks to determine the state of mental health of prospective and actual political leaders should be a necessary requirement during their stay in office. Such checks and testing should be easy to implement. Strict psychological examination of suitable applicants to the Secret Service is standard procedure. This psychological examination can be used as an initial example module for the psychological examinations of our political leaders. The list of persons to be routinely checked should include, the president, the vice president, congressmen, senators, governors and mayors.

by Edward Fagan