Sunday, March 11, 2007
What The Next Generation Thinks - Is this our legacy
I just wanted you to know that I wish I could send more. I wish I were independently wealthy and capable of "pulling strings" to get you out of this situation. Alas, I am only 23 years old. I've lived in a world where there was always a personal computer. I've been typing on computer keyboards since I was in the 3rd grade. I built my first computer at the age of 12. I've built numerous systems for friends and family since then. I've used both PCs and Macs, I've even had some fun using a once little known operating system (Linux). I know more about the technology involved in your case than most of the prosecution team knows about *any* technology.
I chose to donate 15 dollars, not because it's a nice round number, but because it is what I make per hour, and right now, finances are tight enough for me that one hour out of a paycheck means the difference between having "spending money" and just being able to cover all the bills and rent. It's trivial, but it's where I am. I don't want thanks for this, there's no amount of thanks that will make up for the fact that this nation, it's government, it's "justice system" and the vast majority of it's people are so far behind the learning curve that innocent people are being hurt, innocent lives destroyed, and innocent productive members of society are threatened with removal from that society while true criminals continue to terrorize the populace. My "consumerist dollars" are yours this pay period. My consumerist dollars are also no longer for this country. I have friends and family in Canada, and I've become so disgusted with this nation over your case that I will be saving up until I can leave.
This nation is no longer the democracy it fought so hard to try to become. As such, this citizen is ashamed because someone who holds the highest position a human can hold, the same position that is the most undervalued and under-respected profession in this country, has been treated like a criminal by people who aren't worthy enough to be called one of her students. Your treatment is the direct result of catering to the lowest common denominator. I cannot continue to live in a country that rapes it's greatest resources like this. Teachers are the difference between a healthy foundation for future generations, and no foundation at all. My fiancee has almost completed her Masters degree to teach ESL, at this moment I am genuinely afraid for her. Afraid that she'll befall the same fate as you. Guilt determined without evidence or rebuttal. My contribution is in hope that she'll never have to face the same firing squad as you. I hope that your appeal will be seen by a judge worthy of your case and a jury of your peers (hopefully a teacher or two among them).As I said before, I've lived and worked in a world where computers have always existed and have almost always been in every house. I can't imagine what a world without computers is, and I also can't imagine what it's like trying to keep up with a world that has adopted computers so quickly if you yourself didn't follow the world of computing closely. I don't mean to imply that you're some kind of computer illiterate moron, but just to say that I see my grandparents struggle with technology not because they lack intelligence, but because their minds and modes of operation were formed in a time where the most used and strongest tool that they had at their disposal was themselves. To them, a computer and the internet are a luxury that life has afforded them and they use both sparingly, opting to use other means to organize their lives that they have proven tried and true over their years. I myself find computers and especially the internet essential to my everyday life and interactions with others.In short, you have been wronged. I empathize with that and hope that there are more than enough contributions to prevent your family from feeling the strain of the financial burden that the idiocy contained within the Connecticut judicial system has brought upon you and yours.If there is anything more than monetary help that I can lend, do not hesitate to ask. The worst I can do, is say no. If it's something within my power to do, I will most assuredly say yes.Wishing I didn't have to wish you luck,
PS - Goodluck!