Humans and social networks

So many of these kids go to church or worship services, and some of my gang kids from my 1985 mural would frequently go to the funerals of their friends. Their lives are not the same as others’ lives. They have nobody to belong to in a true sense, and they don’t even “belong” to themselves. Their gang is, on a most primitive level, a social network, a tribe, a family. If their tribe can make a living on drugs and violence, that is how they do it. In theory, it is not much different than warriors of any age (ours included), and a mind set not easily overcome without intervention, love, and commitment, but most importantly, a place to “be”.


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