Thursday, December 19, 2013

As a reader of fiction, and a little bit of history now and then, I’m pretty well advised on the use of exile for perpetrators of evil and minor things such as big mouths.

For some reason, probably related to diet or some lack of activity, for the past few months the concept of exile has been entering and exiting my cranium space with some regularity. I’ve tossed the effectiveness of such a thing, trying to imagine how it might affect the recipient of such punishment (if punishment  it might be). I’ve even considered the self exile some criminals impose upon themselves when fleeing authorities, the known habit of nogoodniks being looked for in their home areas, and being caught there.

I’ve considered Snowden and his self imposed exile, and now his evident supporters bid for a deal to bring him home.

Some time ago a Kansas Professor of a University opened his mouth and set off a fire storm.

He used social media (Twetter). Of course, he tweeted during a high profile national incident and it went viral. Bless opportunists and social media.

The man’s supervisors had to react and react they did.

It was the punishment of the professor, not the changing of the social media use rules that intrigued me.

They modified the exile rules to help punish him.

Interesting, those last two paragraphs of the article. I wonder if it will really work, exiling the man “as much as possible”. It sounds somewhat like shunning to me. And even a modified form of that, which is a form of exile.

I guess I’ll have to think on this some more. I’ve often wondered if the death sentence was a way of exiling people, and if it strikes those people as that.


From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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