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  • Hallitus nimi: Mark Dixon
  • Rekisterinumero: R-01558
  • Ikä:32
  • Aika Toiminut:14 vuotta
  • Kotikaupunki:Chicago, Illinois
  • Lause:35 vuotta
  • Nykyinen Charge:1st asteen murhasta, 2 Laskee murhan yrityksestä
  • Alias:Sitten Bo
  • Vuosi:2034
  • Prison yhteistyökumppanit:Gangster opetuslapsi
  • Circle of Influence:LaBron Neal Bey, Perääntyä
  • Laitos:Pickneyville Correctional Center
  • Jokainen lapsi murhattiin kaduilla, Napakymppi päähäsi kasvaa isompi.

Prison Education: On Becoming a Man


During a recent prison education class, the thought was raised that some people may not recognize themselves as men until others, whom they respect, acknowledge them as men. Heti, I began to drift back to more ancient times when different cultures used rituals to develop their males from boy to manhood. African cultures deemed it necessary for males to face animals, even deadly predators, to conquer their fears. Asian tradition used body tattooing as a means for males to learn to deal with pain. The message is clear. Ancient cultures saw value in a threshold for males to transition from boy to manhood.

In our modern western culture, the practice of this type of tradition has all but disappeared. It is common to find males who use inappropriate measures to gauge their manhood. Some males believe simply by being alive at a certain age that they are men. Other males consider their ability to produce money as proof of their manhood. Some males think that making babies makes them a man. Perhaps worst of all, some believe in order to become a man it is necessary to take someone’s life. A close look at all of these thoughts on what it means to be a man reveals they all lack redeeming value. All of these concepts of becoming a man contain negatives that our common times can recognize as unwanted.

What is the true value of a man?

A good way to answer this question is to look at how many in society perceive manhood. Within the family, the man has long held the role of protector and provider. Even more still is required. The male is also considered the head of the family, a nod to the father’s place as knowledgeable guider. Notice how closely connected to the title of man is someone who protects and nourishes life? Some would argue that this is not coincidence. For humans to survive as a species, they had to develop habits and cultures that focused on the protection and continuation of life. As leader of the human family, a man would be someone who has embraced his role as protector and nourisher of life.

What ever your idea of what it means to be a man, it only takes one look at the state of the family and society today to see that the current concept of manhood is inadequate. Males creating babies they cannot afford nor appropriately raise does not give birth to manhood in any meaningful way. No amount of money can add value to manhood. And most certainly, taking another’s life cannot possibly support life.

Given that our ancestors saw fit to establish standards and a rites of passage for boys to be recognized as men, it seems clear that they saw separating boys from men as critical to their survival. Muuten, the practice of making boys earn the title of man could not have remained such a long-held tradition integral to their culture.

As I observe our society from my position in a male-only environment, vankila, I notice its lack of clear-cut criteria for when a boy transitions into manhood.

What is your manhood ritual?

And ladies, a question for you that was not posed in a male-only prison education class: when does a girl become a woman?

This presidential campaign is clear evidence of the child-like behavior in today’s society. We need men and women to be defined by more than their age. We who are part of the Prison Renaissance are rebuilding the morality, eheys, merkki, kulttuuri, and traditions of the great civilizations from which we are descendants. #RaiseUP


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