Although identities can be beneficial, group member’s often look for negative parts of an out-group in order to make themselves look better. Identities can also create issues such as prejudice and racism. By looking at it from an anthropological viewpoint, we can see how when a person comes into a place where they do not share the same identity it can cause an uproar and judgement. People from the majority identity will look for reasons and force the outcast to be looked down upon. Having an identity can help in a child’s well-being, it can allow them to feel as though they belong.
Socially constructed identities can often make those that don't fit within those identities feel alienated, like an outside, or that they have to conform to society’s idea of what their identity is supposed to. Often, these constructed identities do not include identities that intersect. In Audre Lorde’s “Age, Race, Class and Sex” she talks about how those who are oppressed have “to be watchers, to be familiar with the language and manners of the oppressor, even sometimes adopting them for some illusion of protection” in order to survive. We can see this happening when Mock says, “hiding myself for that brief period allowed me to operate under a guise of normality that made me feel temporarily secure” (Mock 98). Mock, continually struggled, to find her true identity by trying to conform to what society told her was acceptable and this would change based on whose acceptance she was seeking.
Humankind requires knowledge and understanding to feed the endless curiosity that haunts our species. These single stories become dangerous when they begin to form in our minds as the real truth, and it needs to be controlled by true education and true understanding about the world around us. Which in most cases, people do not reach the real truth due to pure laziness and ignorance. For truly understanding one another, we need to go out of our way to learn of our differences, not only about what is spread by the single stories around for generations. Whether someone creates their own single story or society pushes one onto them, it is humankind’s responsibility to capture a real understanding of what is being told, therefore anyone can belong in any situation, and discrimination could finally be put to
Adversity is the motivator of our society. Without adversity, would we still appreciate what we have more? When faced with difficulty and misfortune we tend to see life in a whole new light. Adversity is different for every individual and this is what makes us unique. Since the word adversity is such a sad term, how does it shape our individual identity?
At some point in life, we will have to face revealing our inner self, and what we have hidden from the world. However, looks, symbols, and colors can represent who you are. We wear the mask every day for different reasons to hide things about us that we do not want the world to see. Every day we see colors all around us. They are a part of life, however, we do not take note of what their true meaning is.
The way I view the world is hard to explain, simply because it constantly changes. Everyday is different whether you believe it or not, each day holds something new and exciting. Therefore I believe I can’t live with one set worldview because that will hold me back from so much more. My family has taught me that views can change but the person shouldn’t. Meaning simply that just because of an event, good or bad, in your life occurs you can’t just change who you are.
If cultural norms were to change, religion and society would not accept them at first because as humans, we are more welcoming to what we are familiar rather than something unheard of. The fact is, once a belief is ingrained into society, it’s hard to uproot and change the norms expected upon everyone. These oppressive beliefs will always be present to some in a society, no matter how much cultural change has affected the community today. As one society of the world, we continue to change and attempt to accept and insinuate change for the greater good and for cultural
People's individual experiences can shape the way they respond and interact with each other and their environment. Experiences such as falling in love, the death of a loved one, growing up in a harmful environment may change people's perceptions of life and their individual conceptions about the meaning of life. Some people experience horrid experiences and are inspired by these experiences in better themselves and make their lives the best in order to achieve their ultimate goals. Others may have equally bad experiences but may choose to follow a different, less successful path filled with actions and emotions which end up instigating Moore harm than good. The choices people make in response to their experiences exemplify their individual mindset.
Freedom of speech is highly important so everybody could share their thoughts, it does not have to always be a grand idea, it does not have to be good, a person's opinion is their own and nobody could correct them for it. People having the right to speak is important for communication, people uses their words to other to show who they are and what their vision of the world is like. Without our freedom of speech people will not be able to speak their words and build connection with each other. If people were to vow to stay silent like the Chupwalas, society would not be the same as it is
According to Merriam Webster, a stereotype is “... a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgement”. Stereotypes could be based on truths but in most cases, they are overly exaggerated. According to the article “Stereotypes” by Saul McLeoud, stereotyping is “...a major way in which we simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of processing (i.e. thinking) we have to do when we meet a new person” (7). In order to reduce thinking so much it is common for people to place someone in a group and assume that they have all of the common characteristics of members of that group.