• Endria Richardson

truth like a pie

First of all, I want to tell you that there’s a dead moth on my desk. It was flying around my room all week and then I suppose it realized finals are coming. Speaking of finals, why am I speaking to you all rather than outlining the rule against perpetuities? Because I am loyal, above all. And I have been assured that such a rule does not truly exist in the real world. No really, a few parting words.

Some of my professors have ended class quite poignantly and I’m taking a study break so I wanted to share.

First, a poem:

The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, And if it take the second must refuse A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. When all that story’s finished, what’s the news? In luck or out the toil has left its mark: That old perplexity an empty purse Or the day’s vanity, the night’s remorse.

— WB Yeats, The Choice

I thought it was timely.

Secondly, and this will have to be quick and will not do justice to the matter but you know, I, like everyone else’s fb statuses, have been outlining FOR-EV-ER and must get back to it. Forever’s actually going to start tonight.

A certain baller professor, I will not name her because you know, googling and whatever, but if you want her name just email me, ended our Sentencing class with some dope sound bites. I’m mostly paraphrasing here, but the gist was:

As academics/lawyers, “we are part of the truth. I used to call what I do ‘speaking truth to power’ – but what ‘Truth’? When I went up [to Sacramento], I thought I was The Truth. I thought I could walk into a prison, talk to anybody, and just say ‘Go! Do it!’. But we’re not the only ones at the table. We have part of the truth. The victims have another part. The offender has another part. Correctional officers, politicians. Most academics are not willing to do the hard work – publishing these articles that very few people read. Not learning how to effectively communicate so that everyone can understand.”

So, she’s a baller, but we don’t have to explore that issue at the moment because we are rapidly running out of time. But I felt like she was pointing out two crucial things. (1) We all got slices of truth pie. Mostly we don’t have all the slices though. We don’t have the whole pie. But in life, in law, whatever, we all have some slices of truth and we’re missing some. I thought it was dope as hell of her to point this out in terms of law and sentencing and politics cus that’s a big headed my pie is the only pie place, and to be able to acknowledge that you’ve got an imperfect grasp on what the right thing to do is sort of novel. and I think it was cool that I was also struggling with these spiritual truth questions during that class and feel like I gained a whole new way to look at things. and (2) whatever we have to say doesn’t mean shit if we can’t say it so that everyone else can understand. you know. im blueberry and youre apple. let’s meet halfway.

i think that’s all for today.

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