Welcome to BookerParadox.Com! My name is Brett Booker, and I am currently serving an 11 1/2yr sentence in Federal Prison for a non-violent drug offense. However, since walking into these prison gates, I have held on to a unique perspective. My noble truth. That I would not only prevail over these unfavorable circumstances but turn this experience into the defining moment of my life which, in retrospect, I would not trade for anything else. It has saved my life and provided me the opportunity to understand the meaning and purpose for my time spent on this earth.
You see, I understand the importance of having the discipline, strength and undaunting drive to always confront the most excruciating facts of one’s reality. Not to hide from it, or conform to the mediocrity all around me. I’m in a place of extreme violence and stupidity. A place where there are constant shenanigans lurking around every corner. Something I refuse to be a part of.
I like to think of myself as a spy. 0047. A play on my United States Marshal Number, 26772-047. 047 indicating the Federal District of Nebraska. Moreover, I am simply infiltrating the culture and inmate population of Federal Prison. Not assimilating to it, or letting it “harden” me. I do what I must to survive, but that is all. This is what BookerParadox.Com is all about.
The tool I use to share my experiences with the world and give people an inside look of prison from an inmates perspective. Bringing people on a journey behind the wall. Providing me with the chance to deal with my current reality, and in turn, I show everyone that despite your circumstances, you can always smile. My favorite philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, affirmed this when he said, “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it’s all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Aurelius also said, “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Therefore, guard accordingly, and take that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” Essentially, his philosophies and ideas can all be wrapped up into a single concept known as Stoicism. A concept that has revolutionized my life.
Marcus Aurelius is one of the greatest stoic philosophers, and I recommend that everyone explore his work. In short, stoicism is the ancient art of turning adversity into advantage. Being a stoic means you can never lose, for your perceptions are in a harmonious union of a sound mind. As humans, our perceptions are the only things we can truly control, and given that our perception is how we see and understand the world around us, it can either be a source of strength or of great weakness.
For me, it is a source of strength. A process that comes from self-discipline and logic, allowing me to take control of my perceptions, limit my passions, and start seeing things as neither good or bad, just simple and straightforward. You’ll see these concepts in all of my posts here on BookerParadox.Com. I show the other side of prison that is rarely portrayed. The humorous, absurd and ludicrous side of prison that I have come to know.
More importantly, I have made it my primary goal to help deter others from making the same mistakes that I have. We all know someone, either a friend, brother, cousin or co-worker who is in or has been to prison, yet don’t think that it can happen to us. Well, I’m telling you that prison sucks, it can happen to anyone, and there is a better way. With that said, if just one person reads my blog, re-considers their lifestyle, and therefore avoids coming to prison, then I’ll consider all of this a success. So in the meantime, come join me and journey behind the wall of federal prison.