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“THE EASY WAY OUT” By.R.Quinn Before I start this paper there’s a Question I would like to ask those that have decided to read it. Just what was it you decide to do when you make your decision to take the EASY WAY OUT? You may have just asked yourself the EASY WAY OUT of what? Let me mention the word responsibility. Was ignorance the cause of you committing your offense? Or instead was it a decision you made to pursue drugs, alcohol, partying and selfish desire for enjoyment that led you to the jail, or prison where you presently sit? Wasn’t it denial of responsibility for yourself, your family and for the Society in which you lived that brought you to jail or prison? Because you may be facing the reality of spending many more years of your life behind prison walls. For myself I will mention that at one point in my past life, living a criminal life-style, I never gave clear thought to the consequences that I would one day face, after displaying negative actions, and behavior. I showed I was inconsiderate of others and their property; that thought process eventually led me to kill another human being, and be sent to prison, where I have spent the last thirty three years of my life, incarcerated behind “Forty foot walls of concrete topped with razor wire, and enforced with steel bars, and surrounded by razor wire fences”. By the way, for me, and some other men as well, there’s no guarantee that I will ever be set free from prison, when serving out a life sentence for murder. I must admit, looking for an EASY WAY OUT, from taking care of my real responsibilities as a good father, human being, and a member of society caused me to destroy my future, and the chance to be a respected man; and to lose the opportunity to be a member of a society which I wish I could be a part of today. Yes, looking for that EASY WAY OUT, separated me from being a good parent and person; caused me to rob, steal, cheat, and destroy the lives, dreams, and the aspirations of children, and men and women as well. Today I am ashamed! With true heart-felt remorse for not being the caring, and loving father to the children that I help create. It was my not wanting to be a good husband after taking the vow to stay together, “until death do us part.” It was not upholding any of the real responsibilities of a respectable man, that certainly led to my being totally ostracized by some family members, and friends, and people I once held real bonds of friendship with. The truth is, I am a loser. I have lost, or thrown that all away. I thought that the EASY WAY OUT, using Heroin, Cocaine, and other harmful drugs, and substances, that did destroy, the very essence of my moral belief system, and consciousness leaving me, to never again return to live in, or see the free world again. I’ll mention to those of you considering changing your life, do it now before it’s too late. I am certain, that God, will see you through if you are faithful to him, and those you love! I’ve forgot to mention that over the years I have come to know that there simply isn’t any EASY WAY OUT. Remember, a person can only do better when a person knows better. So the next time the thought enters your mind, to find an EASY WAY OUT, just decide to be a good human-being, man or woman and accept your responsibilities.

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