Posts Tagged ‘gangs’

Gangs & Governments

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I was listening to an interesting radio programme (Gangs, Guns & Families) which gave a fascinating insight into this area, as Suzella Palmer & her son talked about the realities of this from their dual perspectives as academic and gang member.

Something that got me wondering was when the son, Zane, was talking about the role of the gang in looking after its people and the need to stay on top that lead to an ‘arms race’ from fists to knives to guns.  It struck me that this is same language and strategy as governments employ.  The odd thing is that whilst we consider one completely legitimate the other is condemned by society.  Another programme was observing the parallels between both extremist Christians and Muslims, both of whom were quite happy to kill others to save their souls!

The thing is that when we judge people, and label them as  something of lesser value, then we make it impossible to communicate with them.  No one wants to be judged and we all fight back against that.  We aren’t all either in governments or in gangs but we all fall into this trap.  If you want to communicate, then you have to set aside judgements and respond to what you experience….

 

“The major block to compassion is the judgment in our minds. Judgment is the mind’s primary tool of separation.“  Diane Berke

“To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.”   Wayne Dyer