Watch the politicized, media frenzy around any tough issue. The assumption is that political pressure plus money will produce "a solution". It might be poverty, racism, anything that can be categorized as "oppression"
The narrative itself demands "a solution" be found so once someone stakes political capital on it the narrative drives the stagecraft. War on drugs, war on poverty, war on racism... Wars, what are they good for? Absolutely nothing.
Now at the anniversary of George Floyd we see the same thing. We're just setting up more rage down the line. It's like trying to use a fire hose to battle erosion. "Look how clean the hillside looks". You've just seeded the next round of rage.
Systems are bad at addressing the personal and "oppression" while made large by systems seldom is alleviated by it because everyone experiences "oppression" as personal because they are people.
If you could invest in political futility all the "oppression" areas would be where to place your money. It's a political drama as predictable as Lucy and the football.
What often works? It's usually individual, relational, personal. Yes, there is work to be done on systems, but they never bring resolution to the individual.
It's usually a religious conversion, work with a therapist, a personal incident that brings insight and transformation. It's a personal transformation that brings someone to lower their fist and open their hand to the enemy. To first forgive and then to love.
It sounds so cliche, but it is really the only way. I'm open to political efforts that reform institutions because institutions do sometimes make things worse, but they are never in themselves "the answer".

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The whole "social workers instead of cops" idea is hilarious to me. I've lived and worked in inner city communities all my life and I think a lot of people who write these things have near zero experience with households that call the police regularly.
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.@jordanbpeterson is returning and did his first Q/A video. He clumped up the questions and the first one he dealt with was the religion question. It was one of his better answers to it. I needed to do a commentary video on it.
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In today's video I begin to touch on the crisis in the evangelical church. 1/11
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