Why I Call Myself Pol PotSubmitted by Chris Oopsiedaiski on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 00:55
In November of 2012 I tried to film an arrest, and got arrested myself. I was charged with interfering with an investigation, possession of nature-consuming paraphernalia, riding my bicycle on a sidewalk, not having a headlight on my bicycle, and, of course, resisting arrest.
I took it to trial and was found guilty of all charges - $2200 in fines - all municipal charges. The fines were reduced to a mere $1700 and change.
On April 10 I had to go back to court to explain why I hadn't payed anything on the fines. The honorable whats-his-face asked me if I had any money for him and I said no.
He asked me how many jobs I'd applied for since my conviction. I stammered. He said "Approximately?" so I replied "Approximately? Zero!" He said "You're going to jail."
While in the paddywagon I popped a harmonica out of my pocket and played a couple dirges in G on the short trip to the hoosegow. Woulda smoked a cigarette too but decided not to cause that didn't work out so well last time.
My paperwork said the sentence was 34 days but this was crossed out by his honor and replaced with a handwritten '10 days.' Also, the charges were crossed out and 'contempt of court' was written in.
We all know what happened from April 15-20 of this year. Learning about and watching the MSM coverage of the Boston bombings from jail, with no access to the truth, was eye-opening in itself, and I've already posted about that.
More importantly to myself personally, I was able to read The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. http://www.amazon.com/The-Autobiography-Martin-Luther-King/d... in which was described King's voyage to India where he met Gandhi.
While in India he learned about 'Satyagraha' which is an Indian word that means 'Power of Love, Power of Truth.'
'Satya' means 'love' in this particular Indian dialect. 'Satya' also means truth. There is literally no distinction between love and truth in their language.
'Agraha' means power. It may be easier to remember this by thinking about the word 'aggression' which is what I did. Not an exact correlation as the words are not related, and not an accurate one either as aggression isn't power really at all, though possibly temporarily...
This 'satyagraha' concept came early in the book - page 29 if memory serves - but I kept turning back to it as I read through the rest of the text. It kept sticking in my brain - I must have reread that paragraph a hundred times in just a few days. Could it be that simple? Is love really truth?
Ultimately, on 4-20 of this year I was released from jail, handing this great book over to another inmate who was excited to read about MLK. I'd decided to look for another copy to own for myself if it came along but I knew that if this never happened I'd still have learned the ultimate lesson it had to offer, the lesson that Martin Luther King Jr. considered his greatest lesson - that love is truth and both have power.
To honor this lesson in my own small way I, Chris Cudnoski, humbly take the name POL POT - Power Of Love, Power Of Truth.
And that's all I have to say.
Oh, wait, one more thing - notice the light reflection in my glasses in my profile pic. The reason why there is only one reflection in two lenses is because one of the lenses popped out when I was being wrestled to the ground. Luckily the lost lense was from my good eye so I haven't needed to replace it in nearly a year now. I can see fine without it. Plus it's a good conversation starter :)