State of Mind Control

All you see and hear…

One great aspect of life is opportunity to learn.

We learn from our mistakes. We learn from others’ mistakes. We learn from books and movies and teachers and parents. We learn from successes and victories.

Not much can get in the way of us learning, unless we allow it. In fact, the greatest obstacle we face is often ourselves.

Case in point: Florida schools recently ranked third in American national comparisons, according to USNews. This is superb! So why are there so many stories of Florida men doing weird and bizarre things?

“Florida man arrested for handing out marijuana to strangers for Christmas.”

“Florida man climbs into 30-foot well, gets stuck.”

“Florida man claims the wind blew cocaine residue into his car.”

“Florida man, naked, carrying a crossbow, claims aliens are out to get him.”

“Florida man arrested for smuggling Australian cockatoo eggs into the U.S.”

Not all men in Florida are loosely organized. The majority just get a bad reputation because of the few who get themselves in the news because of odd behavior. Still, if the education system is doing so well, why aren’t the residents? Could it be that these few oddballs are ignoring the opportunity to learn?

If the above headlines had your state name in place of Florida, how would it rate?

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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  1. I am pretty sure we all have our “crazies” regardless of the capability of our education and/or support systems. One principle I have recently been living by (or with) is: Win or Lose: LEARN! This is NOT something I grew up learning but when I learned this I grew up some more.

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