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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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The essence of Religion, Faith and Conflict

The Power of Inspiration and the

Creation of Doctrines & Conflict


In order to acquire knowledge, one must possess inspiration for in a very poetic manner, inspiration bring us character – an individual trait exclusive to person, place or thing, and is figurative, vague and indefinite. Therefore, when men are inspired they rise about the philosophy of life and focus on the advanced forms of thinking.

Thus we create a religion or a way of life that rises above dreaming and verses. Inspiration shapes character, attitudes and works steadily towards the desire to find the ultimate realities of life. In many ways, the ultimate reality of life exceeds the limitations of man. It moves entire religions or societies to enlarge personal or philosophical claims and bring prosperity and satisfaction. Yet, in its simplistic terms, it is all relative to the time and space we occupy.

Secondly, the application of philosophy creates a logical method to create a religion. Since there are no laws applied to the spirit of philosophy, it becomes a free inquiry and open to many assumptions and ideas. Eventually, these ideas can be converted to deeds or actions that create the staple of the religion as it eliminates the critical assumptions from the uncritical ones, cleansing the process to develop the path to faith.

After all, the essence of any religion is the foundation of faith; and faith, like anything living, sees its presence in a trackless wandering manner that is unattended by intellect which in time and practice, develop a spirit or heart of a man and creates an invisible wealth inside him.

Although facing the ultimate reality, faith is nothing more than a feeling. It has cognitive content and may exist in opposing men or parties. Such division of faith creates different religions. Apart from the idea of this religion, there becomes a need to establish a doctrine for such ideas to guide behaviors and rituals connected to the links of the tracks of the invisible faith. Such doctrines become truths and vowed upon by those believing, to be the ultimate reality of life.

Eventually men establish a system of general truths which have the effect of transforming the desired character when they are sincerely held and vividly apprehended by those ideals now turned into deeds.

This cycle of inspiration has created process of transformation and guides man’s inner and outer souls.  That is the primary aim of religion; that is the obvious desire of establishing general truths and embody it into the designed doctrines. Ultimately, it is settled on to be the truth.

This is where there is conflict with truth and science. No one doubts faith and the resulting doctrines based on philosophical principles. In the process, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science sometimes creating conflicts.

One cannot rationalize faith – for to rationalize faith would be contradictory to the philosophy imposed or implied. Doubt would cast an individual’s faith in the religion and be judged either unfit or misaligned with such doctrines. If one was to not submit to their own free thinking, they would have to blindly follow a religion they do not agree with except in philosophical terms and not as a law.

Man has found the jurisdiction of philosophy except on its own terms. While sitting in judgement on religion, philosophy cannot give religion an inferior place among its data. Hence the conflict is everlasting unless one submits to the religious beliefs so mandated.

Religion is not an arbitrary position in the universe, either you believe in what you live or reject it. more seriously, it is neither departmental or proportional or a mere thought – it is based on character, attitude and deeds or actions. It is an expression of a whole man – not divided, however, based on different principles, mankind could find themselves at odds over the ideologies or doctrines involved.

This brings us to the modern times religion and faith. Once grasped as a custom, tradition or practice, it takes entire new doctrines to change the direction. Religion, although piecemealed through time, is progressively a works towards wholeness – a process that make take eternity. Man can only enjoy the faith and pleasures they have embraced to seek the inner peace of their own soul. These thoughts and intuitions drive their behaviors. Faith cannot stand still – it needs constant rejuvenation and seeks visions of the same reality that reveals itself in time and space as well as how they live in accordance with their function in life.

Nor is there any reason to suppose that thought and intuition are essentially opposed to each other. They spring up from the same root and complement each other. The one grasps religious piecemeal, the other grasps it in its wholeness. The one fixes its gaze on the eternal, the other on the temporal aspect of the reality that surrounds them.

This is the process when man searches for a rational foundation in their religion. Best described as the constant works of later formed mystics, visions and successive chapters in the history of their culture, customs and practices with a desired spirit to establish a coherent system of doctrines based on those ideas and spirits devoted to seek the truth gathered from various theological movements around them.