Graffiti and our souls

Real Estate Agent with Aubrey and Associates Realty

We have noticed an increase of graffiti here in Cedar City.  Not that there is a lot, but when you go from almost none any graffiti seems like a lot.  I will be honest, although some of the taggers are extremely talented artists, I still just don't understand why they do it.  It isn't their property, so why deface it?  I feel much the same way about vandalism in general.  More often than not, the person that owns the property that is defaced or destroyed isn't even someone that the tagger or vandal is after.

What did the side of the building or window ever do to them?  More importantly, why should the property owner have to spend the money to clean up someone else's mess?  I know that to many people, this really isn't anything bad.  Those same people would yell and throw a fit if someone took something worth several hundred dollars from them.  They would want the thief punished and restitution for the value of the stolen items.  They don't seem to get that the owners of properties that have been tagged or vandalized often pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year to clean up the mess not of their doing.

I know that in some cultures they think of it as marking their territory, defining boundries that shouldn't be crossed if you're the wrong race or wear the wrong color of clothing.  Isn't it time that we put this archaic thinking aside?  I really had hoped that this past election was proof that this stupidity was behind us; that we finally got that all men are created equal!, and having realized that, know for sure that the origin of one's family had nothing to do with the capabilities, talents and content of their souls.

Or is this something much more simple, much baser of emotions that fuel this behavior.  Is it jealousy, greed, pettiness or the desire to bully that causes this type of behavior?  Is it a sense of entitlement, that someone owes you something, or that as long as it doesn't effect you it is alright to destroy and ruin other people's belongings?  I don't know, but it is senseless wanton destruction.  It serves no actual value to anyone, in fact, it drives values down, makes neighborhoods look blighted and unattractive.  Makes cities seem seedy and dirty, and in fact takes a little of our soul with each spray painted line or figure.

In some cases these are talented artists, isn't it time to put those talents into something productive and beautiful?  Isn't it time to teach each other that we are all in this together, we only have one Earth and we all have to share it, so we may as well get along.  Isn't it time to realize that before we are entitled to any respect, we must first show respect to others?  I am sorry if this seems like a rant, I don't know what set it off, maybe it was the sheer nonsense of the actions, or the absolute waste of resources needed to clean up messes left by selfish people. 

I do believe it is time that we clean up ourselves and eliminate the feelings that cause us to treat others with such a blantant lack of respect.  It is time to get to know our neighbors and bring this country back to the greatness that it once enjoyed.  It is also time to understand and realize that the promise of greatness is for everyone in this country, regardless of where their ancestors may have been born.  This didn't have a lot to do about real estate, other than to drive down property values.  I also believe with all my heart that in order to have a healthy self respect, you have to respect others.  I hope that you make it a great week!

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Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Setauket, NY

I agree with you. It is sad that for some graffiti is a valid form of expression. I don't see it or recognize it as art. Just ugly, depressing, and costly to clean up. :(

Jan 31, 2009 10:41 PM #1
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

In Philadelphia, some very smart and giving people got together and helped organize efforts to harness those creative talents and find buildings where it could go up in a productive way.

Feb 01, 2009 12:29 AM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Tony and Darcy

Some graffiti is really an art form, but still is a major mess at the same time

Tom Braatz

Feb 01, 2009 03:50 AM #3
Nicole Weidauer
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Shoreline, WA

I think the people who do those sorts of things has a blatant disrespect for other people. It really is a sad thing that people feel they have a right to destroy private property. In order to stop the vandalism you need to stop the attitudes and way of thinking that these people exhibit.

There are pretty clear lines between what it right and what is wrong and these people ignore it or are so intrenched in the culture that they don't see them anymore. The way we need to combat this plague on our neighhborhoods is to punish more severly the ones who get caught and keep neighbors involved in neighborhood watches. We the people, the community, need to look on that way of acting in shame and shame those who do it to deter people from doing it. 

My Step-Dad is immersed in the hip hop community who views it as an art form. Art or not, if it is done to someone else's private property it is trash to me. I suppose the point of view really stems from one's upbringing. If they lived in a deteriorating neighborhood with graffiti around, it becomes normal and accepted. That's why we need to put our foot down and not accept this disrespect and lawlessness!

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty Greater Seattle

Feb 02, 2009 02:34 AM #4
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