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A Paper Prison
By Sandi Lyn Schraut
Last edited: Saturday, June 09, 2001
Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2001

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Paper controls us

We build a prison of paper that holds us in place as surly as iron bars. Our income taxes, our military discharge papers, everyoneís marriage and divorce certificates, all are on paper. The black and white sheets that accuse, that pass judgments, that praises our good works; also pays us and give us succor, or take freedoms away. It even is our money and our scripture.
This nation doesnít run on gasoline or nuclear power it runs on thin white sheets of typewritten word. Everything you sell, buy or consume is documented on paper. Your health depends on paper to convey your symptoms to the specialist. The house you live in is legally yours on a piece of fragile paper. Who gains the white house is on questionable pieces of paper.
Oh, the computer may have tons of data, but it is all backed up on paper, (in case the computer fails we want proof).
Imagine life today. Can you find a place where paper doesnít play a key role? It isnít because itís so strong, why a child can tear it. It isnít because itís fireproof or water proof or even too heavy to blow away in the wind. On a picnic we eat off of it, on a cold night we use it to light the fire in the fireplace. Summertime we fly it on high as a kite, in winter itís a funnel to pour Anti-freeze into the car.
Yes! Paper has amazing power; from shredded trees, nations may fall. Children may be removed from their families. Addicts committed to becoming sober, at least for the time on the commitment paper.
Amazing the power a thin sheet of crushed wood fiber has on all of us.


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Reviewed by Srian Good 10/4/2009
Too true!!
Reviewed by Cleve Sylcox 4/8/2008
So much for a paperless socirty...nice write!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/13/2006
Great article with provoking thoughts......
Reviewed by William Manchee 2/16/2002
Amen from a professional paper shuffler. All I do is create, draft, sort, stuff, mail, file, store and destroy paper all day long. I have a warehouse filled to the brim with paper I have to keep for ten years. A very perceptive article.
Reviewed by Marlene 12/2/2001
A very well written article and a great reminder of just how much we depend on those thin white sheets. Now if I could only get rid of the paper pile threatening to swallow my desk!
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 11/12/2001
Good Article and nicely written...
Reviewed by Willy 6/14/2001
I just cleaned my desk I still had shit there from 1995, receipts In case I ever want to return it... :-)
Reviewed by Dallas Franklin 6/13/2001
Wonderful insight and well written. It's too bad our society wouldn't leave our trees alone though and start producing hemp to use as paper instead, along with other viable uses it has. Thanks for visiting me..I really enjoyed reading your writes.*~:)I do a weekly newsletter thru AD if you're interested in signing up..I give online sites for writers as well as other gems*~:)namaste, Dallas
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