“Every child is born to be a comprehensives. The mind deals with what you can’t see as well as what you can” -R. Buckminster Fuller
There is a sense of excitement when this type of incident occurs, the bits of good that gleam through are mostly based on my tiny interest in breaking the rules. I admire these kids. I can’t help but view them as outlaws in western movies that storm through towns shooting aimlessly at whatever their eyes catch. In western movies the bad guys act out in a attempt to better their situation, fueled by greed and a lust for danger they commit senseless crimes that never seem to pan out. This incident wasn’t fueled by a specific need, just the energy that bounced back and fourth between these particular adolescents. The need to prove one’s self at that age can, at times become all too overbearing, but thats not the only variable to instigate this type of act. There is, of course, a number of things influencing a human being during those important formative years. It could be a lack of adult guidance, violence in popular culture, a deficient amount of affection, who knows.
What seems to be one of the more negative influences for these young kids is the visual environment. The photos presented truly do not illustrate the post apocalyptic / mad max vibes Baltimore can give off. They are merely fragmented pieces of someones day to day life, passed entering and exiting streets. Everyone has these type of landmarks that play as a reminder that life maintains a familiarity. I have clear memories of how our neighbors lawns were laid out, and how the space between my house and bus stop provided me with objects and natural alterations that appealed to me. Boundaries were set through these images, as well the meaning I gave them.
Whether or not we are all aware of this influence is beyond me, but I do feel that it plays into how everyone perceives themselves. I also think it’s possible that by living in areas that have boarded-up homes, windows with bullet holes, and broken glass that builds up to make mini sand dunes, it obviously may induce a more negative atmosphere. An environment that is detached from the rest of what society has created. This departure from popular living standards allows those existing in this forgotten landscape to live in a more undefined moral territory. Independent ideals and a need for rapid self improvement control those who choose to work with in these neighborhoods, and a beat a landscape garnishes the race.
John Jones lives, works, and sleeps in Baltimore MD.