Here’s a rather long-winded way of saying that healing doesn’t happen until a person feels safe. There is more actual threat to safety in impoverished neighbourhoods because there are more desperate people, and people not in control of their faculties.
Fear makes us pull in and not connect with others. It inhibits our creative thinking because we are always in survival mode.Our bodies are rigid and tense when we are always on the look out for danger.
Relaxation is necessary for creative thinking to occur. When you do not perceive your neighbourhood as a safe place, you do not relax. If we want healing to occur in our world, we need to allow people to relax.
Prejudice indicates an irrational hatred toward an unknown. Someone told you to hate that group, so you believed them, and did as you were told. Prejudice shows the lack of creative thinking. Lazy thinkers become susceptible to prejudicial thinking because it requires work to assess every person individually.
We all fall victim to this way of thinking occasionally when we are tired or at a weak point, but the rate we recognize it and change it determines our course over all.
So, why are these neighbourhoods being created anyway? Because we are still in the better-than/less-than way of thinking. The world society is scaled in a way that requires one to be less and the other to be greater or more. The slavery framework is still solidly in place, but applied in subtly different ways.
If you’re not an owner, you are a slave. Notice all the negative thoughts that come to mind, and imagine what that does when it is allowed to sink in. When we say,”Yes, I believe you when you tell me I am a slave, so I will act like what I perceive that to be.”
The people in the “good neighborhoods” believe in their ability to create what they need to survive. Their parents had the opportunity to create a safe place to nurture creativity in their offspring for that cycle to continue. People in “bad neighborhoods” withdraw for self preservation. Without the opportunity to connect, the opportunity to learn is diminished. The disconnect is passed down to the next generation, and that cycle continues because the lessons are lost as each generation is added.
Perhaps a mandatory program that connects the two groups would help the situation as each one learns about the other. Misconceptions can be clarified, and lessons can be shared.
One thing is for sure, and that is that we are obviously going in the wrong direction, and we need to change something, or it will only get worse.