Violence

Any House Can Hold You, But Only a Home Will Embrace You

Scary monsters aren’t just under beds or hiding in closets;  Everywhere you look in a decaying house there are “monsters” to remind you that your landlord is someone who disrespects you and all of his tenants.  “If you don’t like it,  you can move”,  so your family lives with it because the remaining option is often being homeless.

Childhood is too early to learn that many people will abuse and exploit you if they think they can get away with it.

No matter how hard they try,  parents and caregivers are hard pressed to turn a decaying house into a safe home.  What should be a sanctuary can seem more like a dungeon, with predictable consequences for the people who live there.  And so,  the cycle begins.

Experiences that start in these “homes” get carried to the street where they get magnified.

To maintain a feeling of fairness,  it becomes second nature to be disrespectful, selfish, hateful and short-sighted.  That kind of behavior often gets  two year olds what they think that they want,  and it works on the street, too, unless someone is looking for respect.

Being feared or hated is a poor substitute for the respect that everyone craves, and usually deserves.

When someone is drowning, instinct kicks in and the drowning person literally becomes insane in their desperation for air.  Violence is another kind of spontaneous insanity that can kick in when a desperate need to feel safe or normal seems to be a matter of life or death.

Treating people like straw dawgz — Disposable human beings — makes poverty and violence institutionalized and hereditary.

Decaying houses and apartments, both government-owned and private, are the “maternity wards” for violence.

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