An unusual human characteristic that has been around since the dawn of man is an emotional state of mind called The Comfort Zone. It is both physiological and physical. It simply amounts to being drawn to where, what and who we are comfortable with. It makes perfect since except many times where, what and who we are drawn too is a dead-end part of life with little hope of improvement or chance.

There is a misconception that when slaves were freed most moved North in search of a better life. That is not true.  While thousands did leave, the majority of slaves stayed in the South after being freed. Why?  It was the life they were born into and the only life they knew. For many venturing into a new world, the unknown, was too frightening, a threat to their physiological comfort zone. The North had been portrayed to slaves as a harsh territory of freezing winters and scorching summers. The raucous Cities were filled with evil, godless people – no place to raise a family. Most freed slaves choose to remain in the poverty and hatred of the South solely because they knew how to survive there. To travel into the unfamiliar dangers of the North threatened their Comfort Zone.  Bessie Coleman understood this – she grew up with it – lived it.

When Bessie Left Texas for a better life her friends told her she was making a mistake. When she Left Chicago to travel to France to learn to fly her friends told her she was making a mistake. Every time Bessie ventured into uncharted waters she was told she was making a mistake. Comfort Zones are a powerful force. And let’s be very clear here – this was not a slave thing, it is not a racial thing, it is a human being thing.

This negative aspect of the Conform Zone syndrome can be found everywhere but it is highlighted most of course by the White Trash trailer parks of the country’s to the ghettos of the inter cities.  Why do people settle into a dead-end way of life in a country filled with so much opportunity? The overwhelming reason is lack of education.


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