The argument rejects instinctual drives as insufficient explanation for unmotivated physical violence and draws instead upon the concepts of 'culture' and 'action.' The physical and social aspects of the deteriorating urban environment are viewed as a setting unrelated to any of the traditional values and behavioral norms, and in which individuals fail to identify a rationalization or indeed a role for themselves. Without a cultural orientation, goals, motivation, involvement, or a sense of belonging to the communal whole, young urbanites experience a boredom so intense that it precipitates a need to reassert one's existence through deliberate, existential action. Because it springs from boredom within a cultural void, the existential act takes destructive, senseless forms in a misdirected effort to establish subgroup norms and reinstate a relationship between one's self and the external world. These insights indicate that far greater attention should be paid by cultural institutions to the intellectual stimulation of urban youths to promote their sense of belonging and involvement as alternative experiences of 'action' and 'excitement.'