I realised while there that the differences in life view held by people in a close community like Park Hill was significant to my previous home in a quiet suburb. The noise was one thing, the idiot to decent ratio is fixed across all life-zones and so with high density housing, we must expect to have a fair representation of idiots, and I mean that in the nicest possible way to describe harmful and poisonous people.
Once I had got used to living in new surroundings, made friends, and became an established member of the Park Hill community, I discovered that the rock n roll attitude that I had grown up with as a form of rebellion to the rules and regulations of life, was alive but not necessarily through the music. A feel of anti establishment was stitched through the entire place, an air of almost suspicion could be felt at the mention of police, or anything government. The us and them feeling was strong.
After several run ins with crime, and having met and exchanged efforts with the police on various sides of their goodness, not that I have been in trouble but I have been with those who have, as well as been a victim of minor crime, I knew that the police were a valuable resource. But when people live without the extra things that many people are told they want on the TV, or when the kid you went to school with who you care about is now a shop lifter to feed a habit, etc, we find ourselves looking out for them, because we know deep down they are running a razor's edge.
This is how is goes, and we discover that the divide of us and them happens quite naturally because of the condition of the heart. We have to begin to trust that the processes on both sides of that line are adequate, and sufficient to run by themselves without having to continually lean over and interfere. Part of the main problem a lot of people have with authority is with interfering. Why is it important to close the gap? Inequality is the main result of a large society gap that is caused by the way people view the life they live in comparison to the life expected of them by their surroundings.
Putting an end to judgemental opinions and fluffy nonsense when applying glue to the gap is the best way to get into all those exposed cracks. When someone comes along with a heavy spiel about this and that, going on and on, with opinion after opinion, from the perceptive of something far away, it is unlikely that it will 'stick'. Condensing the fluff and the by-gones, and getting to the actual definitive point of a concept, is vital for communicating across divides. The more opinion and perspective included will inevitably create a dissonance in the audience. What resonates with one side will dissociate with the other, and this cannot be helped.
To tackle this real issue, and to empower the masses who genuinely have a thirst for growth and personal evolution, the empathy of the teaching voice must be clear and within reason, stripped of all personal opinion, or that of another, because in the learning of a thing we must begin to form our own thoughts about it. This cannot be achieved if the reader is presented with a long list of pre-designed thoughts and feelings written from the saddle of a high horse. A great teacher will forage for wisdom from a wide array of varying sources in order to create a method of teaching it to their class, in order for them to learn from the most enriched foundation possible. They will remove all the extras and make the education as easy and digestible as possible, plus they will always provide a route to where more can be discovered.
I learned this myself along the way, and now I apply this principle to my work, to the articles I write, and the links I share . I feel that for a person who is working in the independent media scene, teacher is a great fit for how to think about the style I wish to deliver.
Rowan Blair Colver