we were just talking about Paris Hilton. isn’t everybody?
i might get stoned for this, but i’m really not sure Paris should be in prison. of course I believe she should get the punishment that everyone else gets when they commit this crime – absolutely – but i’m not sure i think that anyone who has committed her crime should be in prison. We have to get better at finding punishment for crimes like this that actually restore and rehabilitate people. Or we have to change our prisons so that they do just that. Which, of course, the US system might do better than us in Australia.
i know Paris says that prison has already made her a better person, and i don’t have the insight or the right to judge that. i do know that for people to emerge ‘better’ from the prison system here, they need to be amazingly resilient, have great courage and imagination. it’s not an easy thing to do. Prison is the ultimate institution – it’s intentionally designed to crush any individuality, any imagination, any self-responsibility and any independent thought. to come out of it better is an incredible feat. all power to you, Paris. i hope you do.
i’m the first to dump on Paris, and society’s elevation of people who are celebrities just for being celebrities … what i read of her makes me feel pretty nauseous. but i keep thinking of something i’ve said over and over as i’ve reflected on the worship we’ve been doing in prison over the last year: we are all more than the story that has brought us to this place, and we are all more than the story that the world tells of us. Even Paris.