According to “Ritzer’s” Introduction of Sociology, Durkheim believed that the educational system should provide individuals with training for life in a broader society. He taught sociology of morality in hopes of the moral system being passed on to young people. His perspective was that society is held together by mechanical solidarity (a social/moral consensus). The subject of morality was his main focus of study. “Each society is unique, with it’s own needs and norms”. People go about their daily lives probably without giving much thought to how or why human beings operate the way we do. Some may assume that society maintains order and stability because we have laws that govern our actions. Yet there are those who break the law even while being completely aware of the consequences. So what is the “glue” that holds society together? Durkheim calls it the “Core Value System”. There are indicators we experience through generations that aid in the breakdown of the CVS. Although this system does exist, society as a whole is disintegrating because our ties to the CVS gradually weaken as time passes. The following, (not in any particular order) in my opinion are some examples that contribute to the breakdown of society.
- Addiction: The forefront of social distruction. Because addiction comes in many forms, the aftermath is endless. Aside from the obvious drug and alcohol abuse which ultimately leads to crime as well as serious health issues, people are also addicted to food and gambling just to name a few behavoirs resulting in the dysfunction of society. A theif who feels they don’t need to pay for goods causes prices and taxes to increase for consumers who don’t steal so the corporation is going to take every opportunity to recover at least a portion if not all of the financial loss.
- Jealousy/Envy: People have a tendency to do unjust things when feeling jealous or envious of others. Often we go into a zone causing emotional rage which leads to making harmful decisions. Next comes our actions that can be harmful to ourselves and those around us, leading to a chain reaction of dysfunction ( I’ve experienced this on a few occasions with who I thought were “friends”).
- Family Foundations: There are those who unfortunately for various reasons don’t start their lives with a solid foundation. Those foundations begin with family. Many families are very dysfunctional. Some menbers experience neglect or abuse. The abuse can range from sexual, physical and sometimes verbal. If all a child hears is negativity or put downs, that child will most likely began to think negatively about themselves and behave in a similar fashion. Children mock what they see and hear; therefore the cycle continues over the generations. It’s unfortunate that many families don’t even sit down for dinner together to communicate and build, causing yet another breakdown beginning at an early age.
- Fear: Fear exists in many forms. To experience fear is not only being afraid of a “monster” (spouse, police, parent, etc.) but the circumstances and situations that cause inner fear. A form of anxiety perhaps, which can come from uncertainties such as when people are not quite sure what is expected of them by society. Sociologists refer to this as anomie, relating the concept to the main cause of suicide. The feeling of being adrift in society with out any clear or secure mooring. This form of fear is much more intense when it comes by way of family or peers. Feeling as though you don’t fit in or belong can be a fear that again causes one to make bad choices eventually contributing to a breakdown. Low self-esteem as a result of this can begin a chain reaction to a host of other issues making it difficult to contribute anything good to society.
- Greed: An indicator that is often not acknowledged. No one wants to be labeled or viewed as a greedy person. Secretly there are those who want everything all to themselves. The problem is, those individuals don’t want to put in the time and work to earn the prize. People who constantly take from society without offering anything in return usually don’t recognize how their actions affect society as a whole.
- Lack of Leadership Skills: There are those who are followers. For various reasons unable to choose not to make their own decisions. Instead they go along with the crowd (normally friends or the majority), ignoring their conscience telling them not to do what they’re thinking. Not having leadership skills shows that a person is not thinking or using their own mind. The mind is powerful and when we don’t exercise it in the right way it begins to not function properly.
- Pessimism: Attitude is everything, especially a negative one. It can make or break a business or home. Many people walk around mad at the world taking their problems and issues out on others instaed of owning up and taking accountability for their part in the destruction that occured. As human beings most people don’t want to be in the company of those who continue to think negatively or have sour attitudes. As the saying goes, “it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch”. As far as society goes, this form of negativity causes friction, breaking down society a little at a time.
- Racism/Prejudice: Which there are many forms. Not generally speaking “black and white”, the reality is that everyone has experienced this to some degree. For instance, skateborders don’t care for bikers. Nerds have their issues with jocks. While this behavoir does not directly contribute to the breakdown of society, it most certainly causes a gap in unity. Even with Democrats verses Republicans , many things in these times are indeed political: however, we still have to live on this earth together as a unit for survival. Unfortunately, segregation still exists in one way or another.
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