For this last post, I couldn’t help but think back to one of the first readings we did this semester by C. Wright Mills, “The Sociological Imagination”. I believe that by adopting this perspective of considering one’s own actions/place within the greater societal and historical context, we could make great leaps toward changing the world for the better. I feel that we, as individuals, have become increasingly isolated from each other and we rarely consider the impact our actions have on others in our daily conduct. I believe this is the ultimate source behind many of today’s issues, whether it be wealth distribution, bullying, discrimination, or international tensions. We too often forget that we all have a common ground as human beings and instead focus on the differences that separate us.

I think part of the reason behind this mindset is the advancement of technology, which gives us a false sense of relationships and communication. Although we are now able to communicate more efficiently with others across the globe, this “artificial” communication has replaced real human interaction. Additionally, technology has placed enormous emphasis on speed and has pressured us to act in “real time” and not fully consider the implications of our actions.

However, if we all implement Mills’s “Sociological Imagination” and consider each of us a piece in the larger global puzzle, we will become more aware of our actions on others. In addition to this increased consciousness, it will also be a motivator to make a change in the lives of those who are currently suffering. By acknowledging the direct impact we can have on these people, I think more aid will be provided and more people will give their time and efforts to making such changes. The human race really is a community within itself, and I think that by adopting the sociological imagination, more people will be conscious of these ties we have to each other and strive to create a more harmonious world. 

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2 responses »

  1. Mike M says:

    I really like this suggestion. I think if people were to focus more on what is going on around them and what they can directly observe, rather than looking at small bits of what is going on everywhere in the world, people would be more motivated to try to make a difference in the world around them. News media tends to focus on particularly bad situations, but I think people would be more productive if they focused on small problems that they can actually see every day rather than focusing on giant worldwide issues that one person alone could never fix.

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