"Every society holds images of its own nature-in particular images and slogans that justify its
system of power and the ways of the powerful” C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination (80)
Our society has contradiction views about itself from our American belief system as recognized in the world as “the American Dream” and from our society itself. Our American society carries these slogans about our nature:
Life is not fair; get used to it. Bill Gates
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.~Maya Angelou
Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.~Ted Turner
Yes, it's a man's world, but that's all right because they're making a total mess of it. We're chipping away at their control, taking the parts we want. Some women think it's a difficult task, but it's not. Cher
I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it. Marilyn Monroe
Nice guys finish last. Leo Durocher
Time is money. Benjamin Franklin
Win any way you can as long as you can get away with it.~Leo Durocher
Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. Marilyn Monroe
There's the country of America, which you have to defend, but there's also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, its's an idea. An idea that's suppose to be contagious. Bono: Oprah Winfrey Show, 2002. Irish lead singer of U2
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…Thomas Jefferson
Although societal lives reveals different, our American belief system proclaims and aims to create life as being equal, as being fair, and that each person are as equally capable and are on equal footing to pursue and to acquire personal success and if we work hard enough, we will succeed. Most of us buy into these ideologies as children and I believe also, most throughout our adulthood, but these beliefs are idealistic inspirations and are not 100% correct FACTS.
I'm working myself to death. Alan Ladd
Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things. Byron Dorgan
A person that believes these all around positive views about life as a black and white "do A to reach point B" is doomed to become victimized by such mentality for life possesses great things as well as is naturally and forever is: unfair, unequal, hard, unforgiving, and forever changing. We human beings are intelligent beings, and we had created structural organizations to assist us to live well. We keep becoming victims to these systems when we fail to acknowledge reality and adopt a multi-faceted or a complex view (not a simple black or white - A or B view): of life, of persons and of nations. We need to adapt to a system for our lives, nationally, and internationally that is based on humanity, that is for the "best of all" and not just the few as "deserving beings". When we do possess a realistic view of life and persons, and value life, and lives beyond ourselves; can we then place our societal structures that can function tolerably towards the greatness of all instead of what we have: robotic, immobile, and inflexible, difficulty to change systems with mass oppressions (dominations). For example: acknowledging life and within its proper complexities we can see that sometimes we must work hard, or we must work smart, and other times we must work both hard, and smart in order to get what we seek.
All men (people) are not created equal but should be treated as though they were under the law. Andy Rooney
There was a time in my life where I had thought that men and women were wrongly judged. I had believed that whatever a man could do, so could a woman. A few months at a free weight training class, as well as some personal research on that matter (Sex verses Gender roles) revealed to me that we are much different in some aspects, therefore, men and women are not 100% alike. Men and women are not biologically equal, which does not mean that one is better than the other. Biological research on Males and Females shows that there are differences regarding “estrogen and testosterone” substance levels which have created the changes in our different physical forms as well as our mental states in which we know shape us as different, in some aspects yet, similar beings.
Testosterone helps to create a male body, it creates high levels of differences in which almost all females do not possess, such as: growth of mustaches, beards, body more prone to develop muscles, upper body strengths, higher sexual impulses, and a greater impulse to react in some circumstances with rage far more so than most females.
For women, Estrogen has been linked to assist in the development of greater sized and ability to produce vast amount of milk from female breasts, the production of female menstrual periods as an exclusive female trait, the high levels of storage of body fat within sectional regions of a female body, higher levels of emotional sensitivities and other physical distinctions differentiating the sexes.
Discrimination such as ageism, sexism, and racism are all part of favoritisms which is part of our human nature, it becomes a problem when we as an individual or as a group, we decide to act upon our personal biases in areas where it inhibits or cripples another person in a negative way. We do it every day, practice our favorites: we make choices about which shoes is best to wear, which friend we would talk to than our other friends regarding different sets of situations, and which guy or girl is best favorable for ourselves, therefore, we discriminate and favor one and not the other daily.
You are doomed to make choices. This is life's greatest paradox. Wayne Dyer
There are still discussions from some people about the “equal opportunity” law that had to be set in order for people such as: minorities, small population groups, women, a disadvantaged group, and disabled persons to be able to obtain equal footing or placements in areas such as housing, employment, organizations and it is a shame. Favoritism is a natural human practice, but intolerance is unnatural. When a group of persons or a customer, if they do not prefer to see persons or any person that is different from them in anyway rather or not they are part of a minority group or even a majority, it is not good practice, and it is not one that should sustain within any society to comply with preferences based on favoritisms.
For example, persons such as those who are mentally disabled, if a business and us in society spots such persons who falls into that “category” as being disfavored or feared in our presence and we agree that it is best to send these persons away from our viewing to “special places “and out of majority of public life or positions, we are creating a pretense environment, a conflicted world. Presently, we do this to the gay community: we reject them and force them to comply to present a "straight" lifestyle and habits when they are not heterosexuals, and does engage in life differently and their different way of living does not harm anyone. How is being gay or lesbian a threat to you or myself? It is irrationality, insanity and intolerance that has us banning adult men and women from living their lives as they choose to live it. They should be left alone to be themselves and marry plus to possess equal rights as heterosexual unions possesses for that is fairness, and living within actuality and not by nor within a favoritism dominated environment. Should gays be allowed to wed? The answer to this is very clear; should you be allowed to get married? If so, than why not them?
Exclusion is not fairness nor is it rational. It does not display truths, but whom and what one wishes far from what is. Exclusion reveals the practice of intolerance, an inflexibility to allow freedoms base on one’s preferences. I follow the philosophy of Daoism (Taoism) and it reveals that:
Living plants are flexible and tender;
the dead are brittle and dry.
Those who are stiff and rigid
are the disciple of death.
Those who are soft and yielding
are the disciples of life.
The rigid and stiff will be broken.
The soft and yielding will overcome.
Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)
What is life without diversity, but one with only sameness and equality? There is life in diversity for life and living is diverse. Exclusion creates an idealistic lifestyle of sameness and equality when in life there is inequality and differences and it does not need to be labeled as bad. Let us examine our preferred list and start to practice tolerance of others. Should Celebrities, Presidents, and the likes be the only ones worthy of admiration and honor? Why do we not honor: cleaners, bakers, shoe makers, hair dressers, backup singers, and vitally, ordinary people like ourselves, plain you and I? How different or less challenging is the work of a Cleaner from an Attorneys'? Is both not hard works? Why should one be valued and the other not, when both jobs are necessary to everyone? Sanitation and legal issues are both important, yet value is to one and not the other, one is admired and the other is seen as a worthless or less. Why do we not look at each other in great honor surely we do not need to wait for cameras, lightings or high levels of paycheck or lifestyle and such created illusions to reveal what is already there-to be looked upon as deserving persons for high regards and worth.
I Wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world. Muhammad Ali
Life can never be perfect; there is always a crack or a stain somewhere, we would all be robots if we only had perfection and equality. The world is a chaotic world and so are we, we have many layers, and so should our systems be, able to move and to change, to adapt. As a group: we are very rigid adults, with rigid lives, but life calls for mobility only when we get mobile, granted equal access, and opportunities will we be free from our environmental pressures and restrictions that rule our lives far more than ourselves, can we then be able to claim ourselves as actual liberated beings:
1619, the first African slaves arrived in America.
1863, the “Emancipation Proclamation” law freed slaves in the South, ending slavery altogether within all the United States.
1870, Black American Males were allowed to vote. By 1920, women were granted the right to vote, yet we are still behind in many areas.
1954, the US Supreme Court had made a decision to allow black students equal education opportunities as white Americans “Brown verse Board of Education”.
2009, a black, Male, African American became President of the United States; the U.S.A has never had a female President.
The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use. Abraham Lincoln
(The problems you are facing are shared; you are not alone)
The Sociological Imagination
…personal troubles cannot be solved merely as troubles, but must be understood in terms of public issues- and in terms of problems of history-making” C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination (pg.226)
For Mills many individual issues or problems are not private, but are social problems such as: health care, marriage, finances, security, work, exercise, nutrition, transportation…most things in life are all societal issues and not mere personal struggles. Our society esteems individualism and fails to also esteem socialism, thinking, living life and setting laws of individualistic living sets an imbalance to humanity for we are not mere human beings, we are also social beings. Our economic and political systems are great examples of a set of social umbrella for society, not for an individual but for our human race. Problems we all have to face; we have learned that when we put our hands together, we can make big differences- that is how successful societies worldwide operates in groups and not alone and that is how we "secretively" operate though we are being lead to believe only in individualistic "individual opportunities" and not the socialistic way we truly live. Therefore, aside of individualism, we need to acknowledge socialism, here are phrases from our societal insights about individualism and socialism displays:
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. Eleanor Roosevelt
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. John Donne
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. Dalai Lama
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince LombardiTalent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. Michael Jordan
World Peace = Human global unity
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Rather or not a nation is a democratic nation, humanity and creatures in all forms of life seek liberation. Whom can accept being born as an existence to be lived to cater to others as living before death? We all want peace and liberation (freedoms) to live as freely and equally as possible without limiting or hurting another and that is the real and true human progress. All nations and in all forms of life, a life to be lived with: liberty, happiness, and democracy, as we Americans may know it as a life to be lived "with liberty and justice for all".
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