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There is a new fad going on in my little town.  Sure it isn't the perfect community but it is nice and it's been home for a long time.  We have our fair share of graffiti... mostly on the ground because the buidings aren't high enough to get complete words on... the borough baseball dugouts need to be repainted every so often due to "normal" things that are written.. and the stops signs were always the hardest hit "STOP war"  "STOP killing"  "STOP pollution"  whatever someone wanted stopped would end up on the various street's stop signs.

 

What has me REALLY concerned is the latest "STOP" messages that have begun to appear all over town:  "STOP TRYING"  I know that it shouldn't bother me, but it does.  TRYING is such an integral part of life that the message really gets to me.  To stop trying is almost synonomous to stop living for me.

 

Has this person given up?  Have THEY really stopped trying and are now, as ironic as it sounds, trying to get the rest of the people to give up, too?

 

Could it just be that they think they found a cute way to deface public property and there really isn't a deeper, more depressing, message?  Could it just be that they need cable TV and a way to keep them out of trouble?

 

Am I making WAY too much of this?


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     NJ, you are NOT making too much of this; other people are not making ENOUGH of a deal of this!

 

     Relax and know, you are not alone in these feelings. What's worse, you live in a small town and see the 'Stop the . . .' phrases, where I live, in a small town, I see LOT'S of graffiti. . . GANG GRAFFITTI!!! What is funniest to me, however, is not the Hispanic gang members, but the mid to upper middle class kids that walk around here like THEY came from the ghetto's of Compton & Watts! While I haven't seen it, I know that they are doing some of the 'tagging' I see around here. What is the world coming to when you can't even be a GANG member without suddenly being a 'hero' to all the kids?

 


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There was a time that I gave up on voting because I felt it was pointless. To tell you the truth, only having the choice between “the lesser evil” is still rather discouraging. Still, at least today I do try. I do cast my votes in the hope that I will help that lesser evil to be in charge. Sadly, I seem to be outnumbered by a more brutal and dark society but at least I keep trying. As long as enough of us refuse to give up, maybe, just maybe, people will eventually wake up and find their compassion and a better moral compass to go by.

 

I can hope that this graffiti writer is just going through an emotional rough period, like I once was, and that he or she will one day overcome this gloomy outlook and find cause and hope enough to spread encouragements for positive changes. Maybe then they will join in with the graffiti painters with the messages of “STOP War!” or, “STOP Hopelessness.” 

 

 

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Around here the graffiti is out in the country on the side a a huge rockface where it really doesn't even bother anyone. It has been the same spot for forty years, with layer after layer of paint from year after year of high school kids trying to be clever, and/or, just have some fun. I don't know any of my friends who didn't have something to say on it. The local authorities are very lenient about it because it is in a location that isn't highly traveled, their biggest concern is for the safety of the kids when they start trying to climb to a higher spot so no one can cover "their" words.

 

I don't think you "can" make too much out of the sentiment NJ, it's always going to make you wonder and worry about the person who wrote it, even if they weren't serious. But I would think it is more a case of the kids saying, "stop trying to keep us from painting the signs, we are going to do what we want, and you can't stop us!" But maybe, just maybe they are having a different effect? Maybe there are more people out there, like you, that see the "signs" and search their own lives to make sure they haven't "stop trying?"

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I think graffitti is a sign of the times these days and is usually done by teenagers who just dont care what people think of it.  Mostly they know they can just say they are "only kids" and that gets them out of trouble - its when they are in their teens that they should know not to do things like ruin buildings with graffitti.  Trouble is though, when they have their own families how else will they bring their own up if defacing things is all they know.

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