Wasted Honor -

Carl R. ToersBijns is the author of the Wasted Honor Trilogy [Wasted Honor I,II and Gorilla Justice] and his newest book From the Womb to the Tomb, the Tony Lester Story, which is a reflection of his life and his experiences as a correctional officer and a correctional administrator retiring with the rank of deputy warden in the New Mexico and Arizona correctional systems.

Carl also wrote a book on his combat experience in the Kindle book titled - Combat Medic - Men with destiny - A red cross of Valor -

Carl is considered by many a rogue expert in the field of prison security systems since leaving the profession. Carl has been involved in the design of many pilot programs related to mental health treatment, security threat groups, suicide prevention, and maximum custody operational plans including double bunking max inmates and enhancing security for staff. He invites you to read his books so you can understand and grasp the cultural and political implications and influences of these prisons. He deals with the emotions, the stress and anxiety as well as the realities faced working inside a prison. He deals with the occupational risks while elaborating on the psychological impact of both prison worker and prisoner.

His most recent book, Gorilla Justice, is an un-edited raw fictional version of realistic prison experiences and events through the eyes of an anecdotal translation of the inmate’s plight and suffering while enduring the harsh and toxic prison environment including solitary confinement.

Carl has been interviewed by numerous news stations and newspapers in Phoenix regarding the escape from the Kingman prison and other high profile media cases related to wrongful deaths and suicides inside prisons. His insights have been solicited by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and various other legal firms representing solitary confinement cases in California and Arizona. He is currently working on the STG Step Down program at Pelican Bay and has offered his own experience insights with the Center of Constitutional Rights lawyers and interns to establish a core program at the SHU units. He has personally corresponded and written with SHU prisoners to assess the living conditions and how it impacts their long term placement inside these type of units that are similar to those in Arizona Florence Eyman special management unit where Carl was a unit deputy warden for almost two years before his promotion to Deputy Warden of Operations in Safford and Eyman.

He is a strong advocate for the mentally ill and is a board member of David's Hope Inc. a non-profit advocacy group in Phoenix and also serves as a senior advisor for Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council in Chino, California As a subject matter expert and corrections consultant, Carl has provided interviews and spoken on national and international radio talk shows e.g. BBC CBC Lou Show & TV shows as well as the Associated Press.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Code – Honor

Everybody who seeks honor knows they must have a code to abide by. No person can possess honor unless they know the expectations of such a reputation or legacy since it has been engraved in history by those who have fought valiantly and with gallantry war after war and died for the cause or lived to tell their story. Regardless, they all have a code in their personal and professional lives to live by.

Some are warriors while others were scholars. Some are doctors while others were first responders. There are no rules for what you have to do to attain honor but there are rules how to maintain such extra-ordinary recognition as those qualities possessed determine your own character or behaviors. Recognizing such traits will keep you on track and allow you to be confident you are on the right road to building your own skills that work in conjunction with compassion, benevolence and other true qualities of mortality.

First there must be “justice or rectitude” in your mindset. It must be your strongest virtue or possession. This is the power that persuades you how to decide to take a course of action or conduct. This must be your divine motivator without wavering your thoughts. This will decide when to die and whether to die is the right thing to do. Rectitude or justice is your bone or skeleton system that keeps you upright and gives you firmness and stature. To stand tall on principle and to know when to strike is the right time to strike.

You must have courage and know the difference between bravery and courage. Courage is worthy of knowing your virtues if exercised in righteousness or justice is the right thing to do. In other words, courage is doing what is right. Confucius said “Perceiving what is right and doing it not reveals a lack of courage.”

A person who is invested with the power to command and the balance of life or death is expected to demonstrate an extra-ordinary amount of benevolence and mercy for mankind. Love, affection and even those controversial qualities of sympathy and pity are traits of benevolence and is the highest attribute of the human heart and soul.

One quality that is rooted in benevolence is politeness. A true human must possess the trait of courtesy and know the difference between flattery and politeness. This focuses on the feelings of others. It cannot be motivated by fear and offends good taste of judgment if done so.

Another form of poor taste is to exercise a greed for money. A person must grudge money for richness hinders wisdom. One should focus on honesty and sincerity and know the difference between ignorance and wisdom to encourage thrift and abstinence for the taste of luxury or richness. This is a simplistic rule to live by and honored by many as it reflects the inner soul more than the lust for money.

Man must have honor in the sense of maintaining a consciousness of personal dignity and self-worth. This does not limit man to any calling but rather provides a continuum which may be applied to any profession or occupation chosen. He or she must value the duties and privileges of such profession. There should never be a fear of disgrace or ridicule for having honor means to have the patience to bear the unbearable.

One virtue or quality that can or may destroy any organization is loyalty. True loyalty is to remain standing alongside of those to whom they are indebted to support and follow. This is a most distinctive rule to live by. Personal fidelity can be measured by the quality of acts that follow. In the code of honor, loyalty assumes a paramount importance.

Putting this all together, mankind should behave according to an absolute moral standard. The difference between good and evil and between right and wrong are givens and not up for negotiations. There are no arguments or matters subject to discussions or justifications. A person should know the difference.

Thus we are focusing on character and self-control. This is done by building your character. Character that includes such traits as prudence, intelligence and values. Knowing the difference between what is important and choosing compassion over confrontation and benevolence over belligerence.

These are the qualities to remember when you speak of a code of honor for any man, woman regardless of their profession. Finally, there is the ultimate obligation to teach your children the same moral standards you have lived by and modeled through your own behaviors. The focus is on educating our children to make them worthy of achieving a level of honor as they grow up.