February 13, 2013

Lessons Learned From Prison Break

Is there any reason for someone to go to prison voluntarily? Well, in Prison Break world it does. It is to help your own big bros out before the night of execution. It's always easy being ignorance, but not for the protagonist, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) who believe that his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is innocent and wrongly accused for murdering the brother of United State's vice-president.
the main cast, Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield
the hero, Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield. credit to www.fanpop.com

Last year, I managed to persuade my wife to accompany me re-watch Shawshank Redemption and I think that she likes it. Prison Break is similar in terms of escaping from prison except that unlike Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who takes almost 20 years and a Raquel Welch poster to escape, Scofield only had 3 weeks and state of the art planning to save his brother.

I already watched the series before only just miss out some episodes toward the end of season 4. I have to re-download the whole seasons because my hard drive is damaged. We currently on a marathon since last weekend and as today we have watched the 8th episode of season 2.

So, I like to share some lesson that I've learned so far.

1. The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. the general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. It's what Sun Tzu says in Art of War. Scofield plans each potential escape routes, any backup plans available and life once escaping. Like I mention before it's one hell of a planning that one can think of. But, even after all the planning things tend to get out of our hand sometime.                                              
In our life, it's always an option to have an option. You can planned out your life carefully and if it doesn't go smoothly as you wish, make certain that you have another aces up in your sleeves. It is not hurt being extra cautious or having backup plans right?

2. Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. Another quotes from the great strategist, Sun Tzu. Within the series, I've seen lot of secret movement happened unnotice without any traces. Assassination (or characters assassination) plot, jail escape plans or witness kidnapping is usually done under somebody nose. Naturally, secret operations or a conspiracy always being discussed behind a closed-door. 

Sometime it is good to tell others about your plan in life. It can be used to gather support and make sure everyone who can contribute available for you. But if you suspect there are possibility that somebody might trying to make you failed hold on your thought. Always make sure that you only tells the one who are key to your plan and not the world about your secret moves. It's not like everybody have to know every detail. In some cases, the less they know, the better.

3. It's always easy to lie, however it takes some nerves to tell the truth. Every episodes of Prison Break shows about lies, concealing the truth and deception at every aspect of life. It's not really hard to put an act for something you think worthwhile (etc. making someone's life miserable).
Someone might lie to you with a straight face either they planned it or not. It only takes some practices and thick face to pretend that they're telling the truth, but in fact means the opposites. Some people might be able to know the truth behinds a lie without the knowledge of the trickster and can counteract faster to avoid problems
Once more I share what Akiyama Shinichi says to Kanzaki Nao in Liar Game, "Doubt them. Question them, suspect them…and take a good, long look into their hearts. Humans are the kind of beings who can’t put their pain into words after all".

4. If somebody wants you to die, you might not die. If someone powerful wants you to die, you might not die as well. It's really easy to take someones life actually. You can use a guns, a knife or even a word. But to make a killing legit, it takes a lot of efforts. Finding the right scapegoat, create a motive, edit camera footage, destroy some evidence just to make sure that Burrows dies by electric chair. Everyone that digs too much or trying to help will mysteriously die. 

You must remember that, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The casts has grown stronger because of the obstacle they faces. It's the same for us if we managed to overcome a problems that cause by other on purpose.

5. Be the changes you want to see in the world. Wisdom word from Mahatma Gandhi which Sara Tancredi used as her senior quotes. When we look at the world around us, with its many serious problems, including poverty, injustice, war, overpopulation, and environmental degradation, it’s all too easy to become either angry and frustrated on the one hand or passive and despondent on the other. But not only are these responses ineffective at bringing about change, they are also part of the problem to begin with.
For example, if you want to loose some pounds you have to go on diet or exercise regularly. If you want to change the country policy do it so during election or go to the street. If you want to change something you have to take action rather than making noise about it. All the blabbering and jabbering won't do anything right.
season 1 main cast. C-Note, T-Bag, Sucre, Burrows, Scofield, Abruzzi and Tweener
fox river 8 minus the haywire. credit to www.quizandquestions.com
6. The best tools is what we have, not what we want. In his attempt to escape, Scofield use all the item from the inside. He only brings tape recorder and gold watch to aid his escape which he acquire later after he breaks out of his cell. 

Being me, my chance would be better if I can equip myself with some guns, bomb or something that can be used directly (without using even a bit of my brain). But the world isn't gonna work like that. We have to settle with what we have in our possession. Not everybody have the luxury to have all the thing they needed. 

7. Don't be a 'rat'. Trust is to be gained, not to be earned. Tweener was left abandoned right away after the escape because he 'rats' out about Scofield plan. Somehow, Scofield feel indebted for Tweener suffering, he take him in his escape before going separate ways.
In any organization, blames are being sent flying every time problem arise. Everybody was afraid to take the responsibility. In order to keep our self safe, we might have to put the blames on the others. This can spell trouble if the management can't be fair and square for everyone.

That is seven lessons learned that I can think of for the moment. I will write about some other more after we finished the marathon (if there's any). So what about you? Have you watch it? What do you think about the TV series?

For further reading:
- Sun Tzu on Wikiquotes
- Sun Tzu's Art of War
- Mahatma Gandhi's quotes 


  1. fuyoo..speaking london tu.
    disebabkan tak berapa paham, i baca sekali imbas je la ye...


    1. teroristnya...macam scanner lak nak imbas2...huhu

  2. cite ni best... Tapi lama dah tak tengok..

    1. layan balik pun best citer ni...suspen ajek...lagipun tengok kat pc boleh marathon...huhu