Crime

 

Crime, and transgressive behavior — by which I mean all activities which aren’t necessarily illegal, but provoke us and tap our need for strong emotion, quicken the nervous system and jump the synapses deadened by leisure and inaction. [...]

Everywhere you look — Britain, the States, western Europe — people are sealing themselves into crime-free enclaves. That’s a mistake — a certain level of crime is part of the necessary roughage of life. Total security is a disease of deprivation. [...]

J. G. Ballard

Cocaine Nights, 1996

ed., London, Flamingo, 1996