ANST - was - variations in chivalry/now
alycie at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 1 19:57:05 PDT 1998
> <editing my unneeded at this point reply>
>then went on to:
>> extend those observations and apply them to another segment that
>> everyone considers a "social problem" - teen gangs. we're at our
>> species that needs family / tribe / clann ... living a age that is
>> increasingly sundering these links and leaving extreme core damage
>> in the wake ... we seek out what has been taken from us and in
>> engineered void we tend to pick-n-choose what we add back in - for
good or ill.
>> If tribe is not there, tribe will be created ....
I realize that I have probably taken this out of context, but this is
the part that really caught my eye. I am an ex-gang member and suffice
it to say that in the gangs that I have seen, the reason is not to
create "family." In fact, most of the gang members that I know have a
strong sense of family...with their immediate and friend families. Now
it's true that this is something that they bring to the gang, the sense
of "we're all in this together" kinda thing, but the main reason is for
the power, or to prove that you have the "power." You put fear in
people's hearts (power over emotions), you didn't get caught stealing
something (power to outsmart authority), you shot so-and-so (power over
life and death). My particular reason was that I was bored. I had seen
movies...they made it look so glamorous. I was young and dumb and
unaware of consequences that will now affect the rest of my life. I
thought the whole idea was pretty darn romantic.(I am a Pisces, so
forgive me if that seems really stupid) The people that I met were
pretty much average kind of people...nice most of the time...til they
felt inadequate or ignorant. Then they exercised their "power" in the
worst way. Violence was their way of saying "F*** you...we don't care
what you think of us. Look at what we can do."
For those concerned, no I don't have anything to do with them at all,
and I am extremely lucky that they are proud of my decision to go to
college and be somebody. I know that they would not have been so
generous had I been male.
On a similar note, does anyone know where I can get a tattoo covered
with flesh color for cheap?
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