Saturday, August 6, 2016

Don't Expect Urban Miracles.

I've watched moral arguments bounce off hard urban heads and cold hearts. My wing of the community, the protection one, faces an amoral vacuum where being a criminal is not only the norm- it's the ideal! We respond by doubling down on self-defense and creating safety with like-minded hostages. Against those refusing to change direction, we practice protection. 

I watch pastors, missionaries,mentors, and advocates try to reboot software invulnerable to values and compassion. They are our prevention wing. In their eyes, thugs and derelict parents can somehow be changed by the right sermon or outreach. 

I stand with these true believers, but see precious few of those approached change their ways. Deevolution has gone too far and penetrated too deeply in too many cases. Unless the individual performs the Samsonian feat of dead lifting old creaturehood out of body and soul, the prevention wing won't get a new convert. New creaturehood comes with acceptance and not many want to open up to recieve He who brings it. 

I assist select prevention wing members whose rare character deserves securing and support. Unlike them, I don't expect urban miracles. While miraculous change is possible, it just isn't likely. Captive communities choose misery they see for majesty yet unseen. Still, you have to admire the prevention wing's dogged optimism. 

I do. 

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist and SWS: Security Within SELF Urban Fellowship founder. @nadraenzi on twitter.

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