Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For the second part of this unit, we talked about macro/micro sociology, groups, in-groups/out-groups, and categories/stereotypes. To really understand macro/micro sociology, we did an abandon ship activity where there were different people ranging from age to occupation to "importance in the world". Macro sociology is how we are influenced by the big groups that we take part in. The way people were kicked off the boat had to do with how useful they were for survival. The captain of course stayed, the elderly were kicked off because they were old, the cheerleader stayed because she was pregnant but the football player was kicked off because he was strong and could survive on his own or make it to shore, the drug dealer was kicked off because the rest of the group thought that he had to use in the "real world". My teacher compared us to past groups he's had and he noticed that there was a pattern in how we made decisions. According to him, we made our decisions because we're Americans and we value jobs, youth, and health. On the other hand micro sociology is how smaller groups influence you. To learn more about in-groups and out-groups we had a tennis shoe vs no tennis shoe activity. In the activity, we had to make assumptions about the opposite group. In groups are the groups that you are familiar and comfortable with while out groups are groups that you don't know much about. The group that had tennis shoes felt like an in-group while they viewed the no tennis shoes group as an out-group.
Monday, January 30, 2017
When speaking about sociological imagination, I think about how our surroundings and time has shaped who we are and I become more aware and realize that I am who I am because of my environment. Sociological imagination is a mix of history and biography and it allows me to think about why I do things that I do. For example, I feel an obligation to get perfect grades because of the standards set by my extremely competitive school. I feel pressured to attend a big college and because of that the pressure to take as many AP classes rises. There are some things that I expect from myself because of the way I was raised. I tend to be more mindful of others feelings and I set the expectation to be kind and loving to others even if they have wronged me. Because of this, I think sometimes its hard to realize when people are crossing the line and it sometimes causes pain n my end. Being a strong believer in being kind and socializing with others reminds me of the Roseto citizens from an excerpt about sociological imagination we read in class. The excerpt was from a book called "Outliers" and it was an experiment lead by a man who asked himself why the people of Roseto weren't having heart attacks. It turned out that the reason for having such a healthy lifestyle was communication between the towns people. It made me think about the way that my community lives with each other and even though we may not be as close as the people from Roseto, the kids in my neighborhood grew up together so we formed a bond and we consider each other friends. Because of this, I realized that its important to be conscious of our actions and the way we interact with each other. Who knew that socializing would keep us healthy!
Friday, January 6, 2017
When someone asks me what I am made of, the word simplicity always pops into by brain. I think I am a very easy going person who enjoys hiking, meditating, writing, and dancing. I believe that the universe has a plan for everyone and that everything happens for e reason. I think that because of this belief, I tend to go with the flow of things. I am very connected with nature and myself and because of this, it is very easy for me to have love and compassion towards living things. One of my biggest influences in life is my friend. He helped me begin my journey of spiritual awakening and he helped open my eyes to what the world can be like if you leave behind unnecessary stress, fear, and anger. It became very clear to me that I was not meant to carry that cargo and I began to dig deep into what really mattered to me. My aspirations in life are to help others realize the beauty of life and I hope to make an impact on the way our society is living life today. I believe that humans are much more amazing than what we give ourselves credit for. The brain is a powerful thing and I think that my generation has the potential to be awakened and change life as we know it.