Thursday, December 18, 2008
All the mistakes that I made have been playing over and over in my head since last night. It made me think how close basketball and real life are related. But I want to let you know, don't worry, cause I get over this stuff fast. But what I have notice about some people is that they can't clear their minds about things that happened in the past. And when things like this happen, you can't think about anything else. Not even the most important things in your life. So I will be working all day today to clear my mind and get back on track, and put this web site on top the way it's supposed to be. Everybody keeps letting the past keep creep in their mind and pollute their thinking - let it go. There is always tomorrow.
Peace and Love.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Peace and love,
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thanks for your help,
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
There is no such thing as luck. Good things happen to dedicated people who go out and make a genuine effort. They say, "the harder you try the luckier you get." Why? Because you make the luck for yourself. Their dreams, goals, and wishes manifest themselves through their effort to succeed by all means. It's called positive Karma. You can be the best at whatever you do, but if you don't apply the effort to reach the highest level, then our personal talents mean nothing. Too often people show no effort, or quit at the first sign of struggle...trouble...and discomfort. They are not willing to go all out. That extra mile that will take them to where they want to be.
In the dictionary it says: the word "effort" means "conscious exertion of physical or mental power". To achieve a particular purpose or result, we must apply all our effort. Our dreams are only the beginning. If you don't apply any effort, your dreams will never become realities. Remember this: you get an A for effort. Anything less is considered a failure. Succeed. Accept nothing less!
Ricky Ross & Jimmy DaSaint
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Def Jam executive VP Shakir Stewart reportedly committed suicide today (Nov. 1) in Atlanta, according to sources. No other details were available at deadline.
"L.A. Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart," read a statement sent from the label today. "Shakir was an amazing man in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people that had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time."
Stewart succeeded Jay-Z at the top of the Def Jam ladder in June and also retained his duties as senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam. The Oakland, Calif., native signed such artists as Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and newcomer Karina Pasian.
Stewart cut his teeth as a music executive at Hitco Music Publishing, where he was creative director and later senior VP of creative/GM and signed Beyonce Knowles.
Even before he gained a rep for promoting rap concerts during his Morehouse College days, Stewart was "the guy who was the head of passing out fliers at seven clubs a night, seven days a week in 20-degree weather," he told Billboard this summer.
Stewart said at the time it was his goal to help develop "new, young executives ... The hot executive who's 21, 22 years old and has a serious passion for music and the desire to work 27 hours a day. That's where I was at that time in my life. And that's who I'm looking to mentor. I don't see many people like that. Instead, I see a lot of kids who want to live the lifestyle but don't want to put in the work and do what it takes."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Even though we have only 49 people on the site right now, my goal is to have a 1,000 people before the month is over. I plan to take over, one person at a time. For all the people that said I couldn't do it - here it is, looking at you. Please go by http://www.freewayenterprise.com and check it out and put a profile up. I wish you would help me get these 1,000 people. There are people that said I couldn't do this right now. But you know, I don't listen to what people say. It's us against the world. I appreciate your help in advance, and let me know what you think about it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Ricky Ross & Jimmy DaSaint
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Take control of your situation and start building your future today. Set aside some time everyday to educate yourself and put in the work. Start studying, start your "wealth account" and order your credit report. If you have taken these steps, you will have started down the road to riches. If you want to be in a bigger and better game, you have to think bigger and better. Most people feel trapped and frustrated because they have stopped dreaming. If you have reasonable and realistic goals with an achievable time frame, dreams can come true. People tend to fear what they don't know and they also tend to take the easy route whenever possible. In the short term, that is more comfortable for them; but in the long run, it's the same old thing over and over. Too many bills, not enough money, and no plans for the future. Your life is what you make it. If you want to be worth more, then start investing in yourself. When you spend your entire life working for someone else, all you do is make other people wealthy. On top of that, you teach your children to do the same. Make a conscious decision to create a different cycle: A wealth cycle. Knowledge is Key.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
"Fortunate only in that I had the desire to prosper before I first met him. For four years did I not prove my definiteness of purpose by keeping one-tenth of all I earned? Would you call a fisherman lucky who for year so studied the habits of the fish that with each changing wind he could cast his nets about them? Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared. "
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
but not you.
Let others argue over small things,
but not you.
Let other cry over small hurts,
but not you.
Let others leave their future in someone else hands,
but not you.
Good morning, hope everybody is well. I woke up early this morning, about 3:30am, and decided to do a little reading. I ran into this and decided to share it with everybody. My spirits have really been running high lately, my future looks bright. I found my purpose in life, which I think everyone should be in search of. It gives you the energy to get up, keeps you from being bored, gives you the power to walk away from things that are not important, makes you study and research. People ask me all the time about how I can get up and put my workout in every morning. But when your purpose is so big and you know that you have to have good health and that you don't want to leave life without fulfilling that purpose, it lifts you to a height that you thought was not attainable. I hope it helps somebody.
Peace and Love.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Because of the life that I once lived, I may spend the rest of my life behind bars. Prison is real and I brought this reality upon myself. You may very well be on the same path. However, if you learn from my mistakes and adhere to the message, you may be able to trade a life of institutional torment for a life of worldly enjoyment.
A lot of the things we do at the time seem cool: player, balling, macking or stunnin'. Check this out, I was reading Don Diva a few days ago and I came across an interview with the rapper Plies. He stated something that I respected, as well as grabbed my attention, so I felt the need to share it with you. His words verbatim, "The person who invented throwin' money in the club has to be the stupidest [dude] ever. I done got caught up in the hype and I've done it. But how could you have that much paper that you can just throw the sh*t? And the ones that's throwin' it, we ain't got it to throw bruh. The motherf*cker who really can throw it, ain't throwin' it."
Just think about the money we waste. "Be self-controlled, NOT remote-controlled..." A lot of us don't think before we act. We think about what occurred after it's done; which at times may be too late. I know when I was home, 50% of the time I let my gun think for me. The reason I say 50% is because whenever I pulled it, it was used. Now I sit back and think about the greed I once was engaged to. Sad thing is she hangs around still to this day. There's two ways I block her out. #1- I pray, it helps me think clearly. # 2- I look at her as if she has AIDS and is intentionally trying to pass it on. Me being human, I still wrestle with the different struggles. Some days I call moms just to here her voice. Sad thing is, I wonder if I'll ever get a chance to sleep in the same house or sit at the dinner table with her again. But you can keep it that way...
Terrence 'Gangsta' Williams
FCI Jesup 2680
South Jesup, GA 31599
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
What about wealthy people? How did they become rich? Why do some people struggle throughtout their lives? Why are only a small percentage of people financially independent? Why do some people have wonderful, loving relationships?
Using other people's experiences as a yard stick for learning will help you tremendously. All you need to do is keep your ears and eyes open, and ask a few questions. Can you tell me if you know who the top two or three producers in your field are? Have you ever approached any of these people to ask them what their secrets of success were? If not, what a tragedy this truly is. We all know the people who are successful, but we are afraid to approach them and ask them for information, direction, and guidance. Don't let the fear of rejection stop you from asking. The worst thing that could happen is that they wouldn't tell you; you'd end up not knowing what they know. You already don't know, so it can't get any worse, can it? So take a risk. ASK!! LISTEN!! And LEARN.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
"Become so valuable that you can't be fired. And if you are your special skills will open up new oppurtunity. Keep refining your strengths. Focus on your brilliance and develop excellent connections. Surround yourself with positive support people. Be a giver to attract friends. And become a friend."
If more of us would adopt this attitude we would live a much freer life. I hope this helps somebody out there cause its truly time for us to make a change. Peace and Love. $Triple R$
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
751 to 850 Excellent 4% or less
651 to 750 Good 5% or less
551 to 650 Fair 6% or less
451 to 550 Poor 7% or less
351 to 450 Bad 8% or less
251 to 350 Very bad 9% or less
Note: The Credit Rating Agencies have adopted a new rating system that will be universally accepted by the Big 3. It is called the Vantage Score and will be set up on an academic scale.
Vantage Score Rates
901 to 990 = A Rating
801 to 900 = B Rating
701 to 800 = C Rating
601 to 700 = D Rating
502 to 600 = F Rating
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Terrance 'Gangsta' Williams
FCI Jesup 2680
South Jesup, GA 31599
Monday, September 1, 2008
Wealth comes easily and in abundance to any person who will save at least 10 percent of all their earnings and dedicate these earnings towards building their fortune. Wealth Accounts create a wealthy account by setting aside 10 percent of all you earn. Any business book you read will instruct you to pay yourself first before you do anything else. If you don't pay yourself first, then you probably won't pay yourself at all. The Wealth Account operates under those same principles. If you don't set aside 10 percent off the top you probably wont set aside 10 percent at all. The 10 percent set aside is extremely important because it is the Wealth Account that is going to change your life. Fortunes are made using money to make more money.
Money works diligently and constantly for the wise owner who finds employment for it. When you put money to work it becomes your slave and its children becomes your slaves. When you put to good use mone multiplies for its employer like flocks of the field. In the beginning 10 percent may not seem like much but as time goes on and you start finding ways to put your money to work your Wealth Account will began to multiply. Thats all it takes to build wealth. You must learn how to make your money multiply and then continue to reinvest your profits over and over creating a cycle. Once you have created a wealth cycle you will then be on easy street. The sooner you start the quicker you will get there so start building your Wealth Account immediately.
Friday, August 29, 2008
There are many people out there that will assist you in becoming successful. First thing is our appearance. Even though we like to let the pants hang low, mouth full of golds and the wrong vocabulary words rolling off of our tongues. It comes a time when we have to think, act and speak like a business man or woman... Look at Master P, when he first did the Nickolodean thing he took his golds out. Once he was finished, he replaced them. It's not all of the time we have to remove the golds and hood-look to become successful; however, if we want a certain backing it won't hurt to switch the style up.
The main thing that gets us is that we don't try to make the necessary steps to get started; like reading books and asking questions... You will be surprised and overwhelmed at the support that will follow. Be aware of the Haters on the sideline that will chant things like, "don't waste your time with that," or, "it won't work," etc. You have to believe in yourself... the things I know, only God knows how rich I could be.
There are many things to start legally...
Terrance Gangsta Williams
FCI Jesup 2680
South Jesup, GA 31599
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The year was 1995, I had just been arrested for trying to purchase 100 kilos of cocaine from an undercover DEA Agent. On that strange bizarre day it felt like I had the whole weight of the world on my back and shoulders. One of my closest friends had betrayed me and set me up for an undercover drug sting. The worst part about the entire situation was that I had been doing a favor for a friend. What a fool I was. Once again I had separated myself away from my children. Something that I had promised them I would never do. See, it's alright to break a promise to yourself, but it's not cool at all to break a promise to your children. They never forget it.
Around that time of my life I was just ready to shut down. Life was no longer fun for me. For the first time in my life, I felt like a victim. Blaming the world for all my problems and making excuses for why I had put myself in that position - again! It was truly one of the worst moments in my life. Then one day a good friend of mine named Gordon Hall came to my cell and offered me some words of encouragement. He also had a book in his hand called "The Richest Man in Babylon." After a touching conversation with Gordon, he challenged me to read the book. I accepted his challenge and a few days later I had finished reading the entire book. I learned some very important things as I turned those pages. What put me in prison wasn't fate or destiny or chance, but my persistence to further my drug empire. From reading the book I learned that persistence can be used for good or bad. The book completely changed my life, and the way I thought and looked at situations that I faced. I turned my negative persistence to a positive persistence. At that time I was flat broke, everyone had abandoned me except my mother. Still I was persistent and determined to succeed with my life, no matter how hard the obstacles were that were placed in my path. I had no choice but to start from the bottom and work my way up. As each new day came and passed, I became more and more persistent with turning my life around. I had refused to be broken.
Now after all of these years spent in prison, my persistence has become a part of who I am. In the book "The 12 Universal of Laws of Success," it says, "persistence is to complete whatever you set out to do." I set out to win the chess game of life. With each new day, my persistence is bringing me closer to my checkmate.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A short time later, according to the suit, Ross called Vlad and said, “I’ve been hearing things about me on your Web site. … We gonna make a story. … We going to see each other. … We going to talk. … Where are you?” Upon learning that both men were in town for the Ozone Awards, Ross allegedly set up a time for the meeting on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel in Houston and arrived accompanied by four other people.
“Following a brief conversation between DJ Vlad and Ross in which Ross said, ‘We got beef,’ Ross’ accomplices, who had surrounded DJ Vlad while he spoke with Ross, proceeded to strike and beat DJ Vlad in Ross’ presence and without any protest on Ross’ part,” the suit says. The men then reportedly fled the scene and left Vlad laying on the ground “bleeding profusely” after one attacker shouted, “Yeah, mother—-er, that’s what you get.”
A spokesperson for Ross had no comment on the suit at press time.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Launching his bid for a new trial, South-Central Los Angeles crack kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross put one of his own captors on the witness stand Thursday, accusing an INS agent of illegally supplying a green card to the Nicaraguan parolee who helped set him up for arrest.
Ross, whose conviction four years ago sparked an international furor over the U.S. government’s alleged role in the drug trade, contends that the Immigration and Naturalization Service sanitized the files of Oscar Danilo Blandon, allowing the trafficker-turned-informant to obtain permanent residency despite his own cocaine-related crimes.
Keep reading: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/23/news/mn-44051
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
You might be saying to yourself, "why should I give a damn about what this nigga has to say?" I'll tell you why... Because I'm da Truth. And we all need a little truth in our lives right now. Especially with all the fake shit that's been going on lately.
With that said let me begin. The first issue I want to address is the hypocrisy in hip hop. This isn't more evident than in the lastest revelations about officer, ahem, I mean rapper, Rick Ross aka William Roberts. Now we know why Noriega owes him a hundred favors. LOL! But the fact that he was once a C.O. isn't as bad as his reaction has been after the truth came out. He is still denying that it was him on the damaging photos that have bee flooding the internet, even though his tax forms confirmed that it was him. To make matters worse, he recently did an interview in Don Diva in which he continued his recent streak of reckless statements. He even went as far as calling the "Real" Rick Ross a rat! How can you talk down on the very person whose identity you stole?! Or better yet, ask yourself this: If he was a C.O. in '95 and started rapping in '96, when did he have time to become this big time kingpin he portrays? The answer is that he didn't.
In my opinion all these fake rappers need to be exposed for the impostors they are. Maybe then we can bring back REAL Hip-Hop!!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Read every book you can about millionaires, anything you can get your hands on. One of the least expensive ways to do this is by taking advantage of the public library. It's cheap and it will give you access to an unlimited supply of material. In the beginning stages you should start by reading material that will help you to start seeing the world through the eyes of an investor/entrepreneur instead of always seeing the world through the eyes of an employee. Making that mental transition is extremely important.
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki is an excellent book to begin with. Another good book to begin with is "Build Wealth" by Russ Whitney. These books will expand your mind and point you in the right direction. Also be sure to read a few books about building and repairing credit. "How to Make Your Credit Sparkle" by Ameen Kamadia will teach you how to build credit, but for credit repair there is no book better than "The Credit Secrets Bible" by Terry Price, Consumer Education Group.
You will learn something valuable from every single book you read. After you have read these books then you can move on to the more specific 'how-to' books that get you revved up but don't give you a plan of action. You only need to read those books once in the beginning. Education is the key to get started immediately.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Do you remember N.W.A. rap back in the day? Dope Man... Eazy E. said, "Hey Mr. Dope Man, you think you slick, you sold crack to my sister and now she's sick. And if she happens to die because of your drugs, I'm putting in your --- a .38 slug." Isn't that something? Most of us actually think like that. We can sell much as we like but don't bring that foolishness to my family. Yeah right... 99 percent of us that sold drugs were scared of something or somebody.
I know you may be saying, "naw, I'm a 'G'. Me scared? Not happening." Okay, well what about the police? We run and hide when they come through. Any way to get that money home. The Feds have fixed the crack situation so we think, March of this year the crack situation helped a lot of people. A lot were release and a few more are still being released. So you know theres plenty of room for you.
As I think about how I thought when I was a drug dealer, it saddens me. I felt the weak must perish and the strong can move on... Not only do we have foolish thinking patterns, we have selfish and ignorant habits. If a person's not from the block or the hood, he can't sell or hang out there. First, it's wrong to sell drugs, and second, the block nor the hood belong to us. How is it we will hide dope out of respect for our parents and children, but will sell it in front of other parents and children? Then we have the nerve to get mad if someone disrespects our people but yet we disrespect other people. We sell drugs in front of someone else's house, but will be ready to kill if it's done in front our families house's.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
The Kronikles of Freeway Ricky Ross
As told to: N. Ali Early
In the first installment of “The Kronikles of Freeway Ricky Ross,” the former King Pin blessed us with an exclusive that was months ahead of its time. In it he discussed his plans for outreach via his website www.freewayenterprise.com, where bloggers, artists and fans are encouraged to join and contribute. He also addressed the fact that the rapper Rick Ross, whose real name is William Roberts, not only adopted his name, but attempted to copyright it!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Freeway Ricky Ross: Name Check
By Alvin 'aqua' Blanco
August 1, 2008
What’s in a name? Everything.
It can be haphazardly given, a carefully contemplated nom de plume or even a wayward nickname that sticks, but eventually your name will come to represent the many facets of your being. "Freeway" Ricky Ross—the man serving out a bid in the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution for drug trafficking—takes pride in his name. He earned the Freeway moniker when gaining his legend running a multi-million dollar cocaine ring that spanned from South Central LA to the Midwest and beyond in the 80's. Google it if you need evidence.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The time when the weary soul can never rest
What's the purpose of obsecurity and mayhem
To win a battle amongst men?
Who said not to question God? We must seek Him for clarity.
Missions are fruitless without His direction
He is where I turn for affection.
Man in your corner is a temporary fix
Never rely on man for wounds needing affix
Never will I win this worldly battle without seeking He
He is in I and only He completes Me!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
How did you feel about the Harvard Professor Fryer using his money to reward kids for succeeding in school by passing tests? I love the idea, it's what most kids are taught to work for anyway, right? I support Professor Fryer, I know it would have given me incentive to learn in school. LOL How can we achieve closing the gap?!?!
Another thing that scared me was the AIDS rate with BLacks!!!! Like I said before I didn't know anyone who had AIDS before I got locked up in 02, now knowing a few people with it. I have less than a year left till I go home and it's no way I can go out there dealing with anyone. It won't kill me to go without till I know my partner is safe. It ain't a game I'm trying to live! Do you think I'm gonna just go run in something, not even after doing these 6 years and change. Get checked and protect yourself. 5% of D.C. is HIV positive, man that is 1 out of every 20 people! Blacks account for half of all AIDS cases in America. True Reality. We need the Churches also to Istart addressing the AIDS issue more often. WHat did you think about Whoopi's answer views on welfare? LAst but not least my heart goes out to all single family mothers whatever reason the father may not be there. I never really sat down and just really really thought how hard it is for a mother raising kids like my mother did me. Like my son Keywon is being raised as I speak going on 6 years without his dad. Never let this cold world hold you back, because if you know it or not the black woman is the mother of the earth. My heart goes out to everyone of you and every black community, nothing but love for ya.
I'm always looking for friends.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Good look on the reply. Smash that fraud a$$ ni$$a , and expose all these fake a$$ rap studio gangsters. They glamorizing a life to our youth that is detrimental. Fronting like they got rich pretending to get rich in the drug game.
I hate em! Link up with this nigga AZ , no , not the fake one down with Nas , but the one who was down with Alpo & Rich Porter. He sued the fake AZ & Sony for identity theft ( Basically ) & got $500,000 settlement.
Expose the goverment drug dealing in our hoods.
I wish you the best upon your touchdown , prosperity & good luck.
Nuff' Respect , that's why you on my friends list. I'm in Pa , so if you ever need to lay your head , hit me up , but shake your tail first, because we both know, you'll have a long one.
Peace & I'll send you some bitches if I can.
It's nothing to be proud of , but you are a true motherfuckin' G!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Texarkana, TX. 75505
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
A negative belief system, if carried into adulthood. It can produce all sorts of unproductive habits including drug addictions, criminal activity and an inability to mold a steady career path.
Though you may have a disadvantaged background, you can still exercise power over your life by making informed decisions to bring about the changes necessary for personal growth. It may only take one person to help you make the transition. An excellent coach, teacher, therapist, mentor or positive role model can dramatically impact your future. The only way is that you have to commit to change. When you are ready the right people will start showing up to you.
I'm curious. Can you say no to Toxic people? Really can you? Because if you can't, it will be extra hard for you to even convince yourself you can succeed at your goals or in life. You know the type of people I am speaking about! No matter how great things are going, they always look for negative details to slow you down confidence wise. Plus it's an everydday routine. These people are poisonous to your health. You have had some friends for years on end that are toxic, and you ask me if I just want you to walk away. No I Wnat You To Run!!!LOL
The POwer of FOcus here is it is your choice. You get to choose the kind of people you want in your life. Also you get to choose your new opportunities you create. Maybe you need a few good decisions to let go and move on. I went from hanging with hard heads and losers to rolling with positive brothers making success stories from prison! I would like to thank Wendy Day for recommending "The Power Of FOCus" it's a must have.
From my own personal experience I see a major change by focusing on goals. Because people that have things to do like focusing on their work to accomplish their goals. Don't interest people looking for pie in the sky. It's true- you get out of life what you put into life.
I didn't do anything but run the streets for my first 24 years on this earth, and I got nothing to show for it-not even the streets. But I'm Not A Failure!!! Cause I refuse to give up the fight. When I Give Up I'm The Loser!!! Guess what's crazy. Over these last 6 years, I've learned more in prison as far as book knowledge than my whole life in school. I never finished a book till I came to prison. I have been hard headed all my life, and everyday I struggleworking on perfecting my change. But you knnow that's a forever journey for me.
P.S. Take care and never let this world hold you back. If anybody out there has any knowledge to share, please feel free to do so.
By Nathan Dickey
Monday, July 7, 2008
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Every piece of clothing has been shredded and torn
No one seems to notice the bare naked skin
Nor the wounds that have been cut within
The foundation can no longer cover the sad face you wear
Your happiness has dried up to a mask that's scared
You hear voices but can't comprehend the words.
Nor recognize the beautiful birds
They have wings that spread the length of you
They have come to clothe you a life so new
You think you are dreaming and you say this can't be true
Miracles have never happened to someone like you
So they lift you and kiss you a brand new breath
Set you free gave you strength when you felt you had none left
The miracles never stop you will always be blessed
They fly away and whisper you have passed the test
Miracles are angels watching your steps.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Forty years ago relationships were much different than they are today. People went out of their way to show generosity, hospitality, and respect to the people they cared for. The community was more unified. Like the old adage goes.... It takes a village to raise a child. This kind of community and family awareness was prevalent in the days of old, but then, so much has changed in the last 40 years. The family and community structure has diminished dramatically and this is causing our society to quickly spiral towards a potential collapse. Gun violence, gangs, AIDS, the high rate of suicides among all age groups, drug use, lack of proper education, the alarmingly large amount of people being incarcerated.... all of it has taken a negative toll on our communities.
Why is this our social structure now? How did we get here? What was broken in our recent past that left us in this state of decay and decline? In my personal opinion, people just stopped going that extra mile. They quit putting in the effort. They gave up! It's almost as if, collectively, people forgot what it meant to be a part of something like family. They traded their morals and values for the instant gratification of our current lifestyles. And it isn't that they just gave up on their families, their community, educational programs, etc., but they also gave up on themselves. They just stopped caring. We were so focused on the small picture, cutting our little piece of the American pie, that we failed to see the big picture. We missed the forest for the trees.
Today, relationships and marriages don't last longer than a couple of years. Politicians, even dirty ones, have a longer and more successful term than the average marriage. So what are we left with? Single parent households. Our youth has no leadership to look up to. They have so many mixed signals that they have nothing positive to strive for, they fall into a state of disarray and uncertainty. If we don't find a way to fix this trend we are all going to be eaten alive; not only by ourselves, but by our own children. Tell me, who's willing to "man-up" and go the extra mile? Who is going to stop, take a look around, and scream to the heavens that we are falling apart? I often wonder at times where my life would be if a few positive role models from my community had taken me under their wing and showed me a different path to travel. Just what would have become of me? There's a big chance that my life would have been totally different.
Don't get me wrong, there are people out there that do try to go that extra mile, but in order to overcome the ills of our society, we're gonna need many more. We need to get back to those days when people stood up and took responsibility for their actions, when family and respect come first and people are held accountable for their actions. At least then we'll be heading in the right directions. Who among us will stand up and look around, and realize that this isn't the way? Who will go that extra mile?