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Sociology Class - What I Learned From It

March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 315

"A Society in my own terms is a basic part of a community; a unit or a group of people that are like-minded with regard to their goals and standards in life."

Before my first Sociology class started a few months ago, I really don't have any idea what it was about. For some reasons, the closest memory I can relate to it was my Civic and Culture subject during my high school days a long time ago, which was more about Filipino heritage; our roots and practices in the past. I was like a blind man walking into a movie house.

Sociology came to me like a foreign language; if you try to look at it verbatim, you can't understand it. If you try to generalize it and define it by phrase or as a whole, the more you will get confused. Technically, you can't digest what Sociology really means unless you see yourself first as a part of a society, and this would lead to a dissection of your inner being to reveal the many different parts of who you really are, and the role that they play in your community. A partial process of self-actualization is needed before you try to understand and judge the things that are happening around you. Once you are able to establish a stable understanding of your identity; then that would be the time that you can start applying different approaches in making a sociological meaning of the reality that surrounds you.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?Matthew 7:3

So basically, my Sociology class was an eye-opener. It got me to stop being a useless matter that wanders in the air with no point of existence. As I look at the things around me using different sociological lenses; I come to realize that life is not just being successful; rather it is about the paths that we choose to live about, and how we are able to affect the world we live in. It made me think that I am in the wrong path and I am doing nothing but being merry-unproductively. It also made me realize how lucky I am in contrast to the lives of the unfortunate that are trapped at the basement of the social class; those people who were never given any chance to get a quality life. There are even other people who never had a slight of an idea that they do have the right to live. Such a pitiful world, and we're just standing afar feeling sorry, and doing nothing.

Sociology taught me to look at the world on a different perspective.

It showed me the world in different colours, where in each value of hue has its own meaning, which contains deep jargons pertaining to the irregular social stratification. As reality bites, I can see the world full of bright angry colours that represents deception, corruption, poverty, inequality, violence, sickness, blood and death. Such freedom from social blindness is never appealing, yet I can say that it's worth every second; than rather being a deceived fool in the darkness. It is indeed a ruthless criticism of everything existing, yet such criticism is what we need to spark a change.

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