Michael Rhynes is the co-founder of PPTG. He writes here why he founded the group: One of the reasons I created PPTG is because we’re not allowed to have any input into our own transformation. I, for one, do not subscribe to what I call “THE HEART OF DARKNESS” approach. This is a theory I extrapolated from reading Joseph Conrad’s book THE HEART OF DARKNESS. My theory simply means I don’t believe people from outside of any situation should come in to solve problems without conferring with the people who are affected by what’s going on in that particular situation. PPTG is rooted in the authenticity of our lives. The thing that sets us apart is that we generate the vast majority of our material from our life experiences. We have complete autonomy over our scripts.
If one digs deep one will discover the underlying reason for most youth crime is some form of pain. In order for PPTG members to transcend past mistakes they have to confront their pain. My transformation came by way of dealing with the real reasons I was in the streets–through the drama of remembering my deeply buried joy and pain. Once my joy and pain was uncovered by PPTG’s techniques I began to write about the missing parts of my life. Then I began to perform what had been hidden.
The involvement of community members, as ‘Observer’, ‘Participant’, ‘Guide’ and most importantly, ‘Fellow Human Being’, provides the critical perspective and engagement essential to our group’s healthy balance. Our desire and commitment to touch the suffering and joy of others, to learn the way of empathy, compassion, forgiveness and self‐love, defines who we are as a group.