by Bodwyn Wook
‘HERE Is another photograph from the early post-modern period in Old Earth. It shows a razor murderer who concealed the weapon in his shoe and, later, bragged in a ghost-written book about getting off all charges for that crime, in the early 1990s (OS); and who, years later, was inveigled by the temptations and suasions of an elaborate ‘honey pot’, into committing an armed robbery. It was to secure some sports trophies of his, from a long-vanished youth, a purpose as fatuous as that. The upshot is that he was sentenced to from nine to thirty years, banged up in an american knick.
‘In other words, if you are a wrong-doer, your own mind is your worst enemy!
‘The mind by definition, and as is well-known to psychologists and the detectives, seeks homeostasis and will seek always to bring low any one-sided trend or development, usually by means of some final decisively stupid ‘inspiration’; or, anyway, one brainless outrage too many, in the old established pattern. This is the entelechy at work of the biologists, at its most stultifying. The palpable persistance of an infantile shadow in the full reek of adulthood, of boyish autarky and self-adoring narcisissm, is therefore the surest aid to normal men and the police; and, a guarantee no less that all malefactors will be — at the behest of their own treasonous insides! — brought to book. Sooner or later, the entrepreneurial impulse is abated by the very Nature; and, this is so in all cases: hence, the criminal portrayed herein is but another creature — of the universal entropy.’
[excerpted from Criminology: 23rd Edition, Bodwyn Wook, Chief Constable (retd), Bureau B, CADWAL CONSERVANCY , Cadwal Planet
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[6 December 2008 (OS)]