How do I feel? What do I think, believe, know?
After a semester of introduction to sociology, I feel that I have learnt a clear concept of how society works. Like the beginning, we learn that society is created by the human kind that is in it, we create society, and in turn society creates us. If mankind did not have society, then society would not be able to progress. Though, at the same time while humans create the views and ideologies of society, sometimes these ideologies can cause negative impacts upon others. For example, European mankind to categorize human beings into superior and inferior classes, which in the end effected many nationalities, created racism. This theory discriminates against many innocent individuals who are unable to defend themselves, as well, individuals lose out on opportunities just because of their skin colour. I also feel that as I participate in society, I can see more of a divided difference among all the cultures, which as much as we like to believe that society wants what is best for everyone, it does not always happen.
I think that this sociology class has taught me to be more open to others opinions and that every individual should have a chance to speak before being judged. After participating in this class I believe that society has a lot to contribute, both good and bad ideas, but depending on what ideas the majority of society wants to support, it then creates our culture and construct, so one would say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. The world is full of some many ideas and opinions, it is hard for all of them to be heard and respected. I think in sociology, equality and human rights is something that is preached, but there is too much ignorance and stubborn attitude to create change at the moment. Everyone wants to world to be peaceful and perfect, but no one can spend a day without some sort of frustrating event to not happen to the individual.
After being in this class I believe that, since the individuals in the society create society, then individuals should voice their opinion. Majority or society has the same beliefs but we cannot create a better, well-working, society without bringing forth new ideas. People want peace, than people should band together and create peace or contribute in a more peaceful society. Life is hard if one keeps a stubborn ideology, because change cannot happen from a stubborn attitude.
I know that being Canadians, we are lucky because are lives are pretty comfortable compared to individuals who’s basic needs are not even met. There still is a large division in our own society, for example, a division between classes, and immigrants who do not get to achieve the same employment potentials as their fellow white citizens. I know that human rights maybe a law to protect Canadian citizens, but in the end, there are individuals who lose out on these privileges because of unfair circumstances. I also know that, living in a capitalist society, means there are unfair opportunities among the people, that even though one may be the smarts, most diligent worker, if they are a female or a coloured minority, one has a less chance at receiving the best pay.
Sociology opened my eyes in how society works, and what happen in our world and why. Unfortunately, there is a tough truth that as much as we want equality, the idea is still in the works.