Living Safety

I spent the larger half of the day making myself paranoid by relentlessly viewing the crime statistics of different cities. I was reviewing where I’d want to set up, where I could sink my teeth into, and where I could start my work. I’ve been told to not think of things in a “city-centric” mindset, as though I’m letting the city have agency over me, but a rather a “me-centric” mindset, where I am having agency over the city of my work.

I don’t know whether or not it is “city-centric” to review crime statistics, or “me-centric”. On the one hand, I support my own existence by being informed of the potential crimes. On the other, I am letting the statistics of the city power my own destiny.

I surrendered much of my decision thinking about the fear of those cities. I have no fear of being the victim of a homicide, and I do not live in paranoia, but I did allow my mind to be changed about quite a few urban centers. I let the city and statistics have power over my life, and I repeatedly wondered whether or not I should.

I am not the kind of person to put myself in harm’s way, and I like to know the risks I am taking, fully. I know I am never secure unless I use my own judgment. My own sense of reason is the primary thing to maintain my salvation. While I would not decide to live in the projects while flaunting wealth, I should also not avoid the whole city of Chicago for bearing the projects.

We are never safe unless we use and refine our own reason and judgment.

Until next time,

Cade

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