|What is the difference between the young person incarcerated for the commission of
felonies and the young adult already contributing to society seeming destined for
sustained success? The answer in the majority of cases would likely be "very little". The
Absent the "X" in the equation previously introduced, we find the result of near-
balance as accomplished with the inclusion of factors relevant to current obstacles
rooted in remaining residual of past oppression. If a theoretical complete-balance
could be attained-- through recognition of known factors-- we could be effective
through the implementation of tangible interventions designed to address readily
The "X-Factor" may be largely about ‘character’ but the development of positive
character is reliant upon the opportunities in which practice and expression experience
the conditions in which favorable destinies are afforded fair-chance. The presence of
options allowing more opportunity to actively participate in ones own destiny is that
'fair-chance'; 'Fair-chance' expands the norms of self-expression simultaneously
allowing 'those 'near the fringe' incorporation into greater society.
young person incarcerated may have experienced that 'one bad
decision'...Unbeknownst at the time to represent a significant
junction relevant to destiny.
In the absence of precedent and/or principled guidance our young
person acts upon first impulse and quickly becomes perceived by
others as one with little chance of success. Tragically, this
individual often arrives at an identical perception well before
anyone else has so concluded.
If it is a matter of character perhaps it is the case that those
subject to injustice somehow become disproportionately
represented in the category of individuals seeming to meet the
criteria as one with UC. As a counterbalance there is also a
seemingly disproportionate representation- among perceived
oppressed peoples- of those meeting the criteria as one with EC.
If social conditions can be characterized as 'extreme' in occupation of space on the
outer periphery, there is little room for mediocrity.
The young person who seems to have fallen prey to negative
influences appears to be one of UC as passion finds a strange
sense of fulfilled expression in the symbolism of accomplished
failure. If the existence of disproportionate adversity functions to
intensify the factors associated with developing character, then
there are few, if any, souls irretrievably broken and the
associated applications/implications are universal.