"When a relationship is over, leave. Don’t continue watering a dead flower."
Dean Steed (via thnksgiving)
There are endless ways to categorize people: Are you a Stone or a Beatle? A Coke-drinker or a Pepsi-drinker? Chaos Muppet or Order Muppet? But perhaps no distinction is more polarizing than Neat versus Messy. It’s the line that divided Felix and Oscar, Bert and Ernie, and an untold number of less renowned households.
By default, Team Neat gets the moral high ground: An orderly home or office provokes admiration, while a space littered with piles of laundry or stacks of paper is a source of shame. Recently, though, education research has offered a few victories for messy people. This summer, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that students in disorderly rooms “exhibited more creativity” than those who were in neat and tidy ones. The study confirmed a popular quote attributed to the most famous member of Team Messy, Albert Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
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what about messy adults (like me)?
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
There is no Hell hot enough.