Sociology

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One of the main goals of this class was to give you ideas on how to apply sociology to your life. I hope our class will impress you and sometimes I hope you will come back to this blog and look again at the ideas we discussed in class. Like the sound of a bell, you are constantly changing, growing and improving. There will be times when you will experience more improvement than others, and sometimes in life you will be more open to the lessons of our class.
Farewell gift from Stevenson and I …

Here’s the story of Desiderata explaining the connection with Adlai Stevenson,

When Adlai Stevenson died in 1965, a guest at his home found a copy of Desiderata at his bedside and learned that Stevenson was planning to use it on his Christmas cards. Subsequent publicity gave the poem wide fame

Here is Desiderata,

Walk calmly between the noise and the rush and remember what peace there can be in silence.
Be good with all people as much as possible without giving up.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and to listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they also have their own story.
Avoid noisy and aggressive people; they annoy the spirit. Comparing yourself to others can become an embarrassment or bitterness because there will always be people bigger and lower than you.
Enjoy your accomplishments and plans. Take an interest in your career, no matter how humble; it is a real asset in the changing destiny of time.
Be careful in business because the world is full of tricks. But let it not blind you from the virtue; many people pursue high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Don’t pretend to love in particular. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all drought and frustration he is eternal like the grass.
Kindly accept the advice of the year, gracefully giving away the things of youth.
Develop the strength of the spirit to protect you from sudden calamity. But don’t annoy yourself with dark imaginations. Many fears stem from fatigue and loneliness.
Without healthy discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than trees and stars; you have the right to be here. And whether it’s clear to you or not, the universe is undoubtedly unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, no matter what you imagine. And whatever your deeds and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep the peace in your soul. With all its uncertainty, drive, and broken dreams, it’s still a beautiful world. Have fun. Try to be happy.
This book (and this class) is unnecessary

U of C Berkley Professor Inge Bell wrote a book This book is optional. The book is a guide on how to use sociological thinking in your life to make it better. It is for freshmen in college. I recommend reading it before you go to college. Here is an excerpt from Berkley,

It’s a book that invites you to look at your higher education: what it could be and what, unfortunately, it often is. This is a book that advises you on what you can do with this opportunity, given your available resources. If you want to become truly educated, you will have to educate yourself, and sometimes you will have to do it regardless of the academy. Maybe it’s good too, because knowledge that’s too easy to learn hasn’t learned to be an independent thinker, and only an independent thinker is always really smart.

We will not look at these four years solely from the perspective of the formal world of classrooms and teachers. We want to look at the larger experience: your entire environment and your entire life over these four years, as some of the most important training always takes place outside the classroom.

I tried to do this as a survival guide for bachelors: emotional survival and intellectual survival. I will even say that it is a question of spiritual survival, if we mean “spiritual” by the ability to live in harmony with oneself and with the universe.

You will definitely disagree with some parts of this book. It is only a one-man approach. But if it relates to your life at some important moment, I feel like it has served you. I have tried to give you the widest possible picture of your position as a student in the academic world and in the wider society of which you are a part. I had to use a big brush for that and I definitely made mistakes. But I have always thought that this broad perspective is more important than the attention of academics to the details.

This is not an academic or scientific work. It is a very critical look at the academic community that he went through from first to professor. Occasionally, I’ll suggest some kind of book that I think you might like. But you won’t find it right there. or op.cit. spamming these pages.

Working as a college lecturer, I have achieved what was once the main goal of my career – not to let my students wake up. Of course, there were always a few comaers who didn’t go to bed until four in the morning, had mononucleosis, or just fell in love. But overall, I succeeded because I learned that students always wake up when I put off academic sociology and talk to them about their lives as students – about the academic institutions they worked for and how and why those institutions. acted; about the competition and anxiety caused by grades; about their ambitions and the difficult choice of specialty and career; the suffering of those from minority or working families; yes, even about their love affairs and loneliness. We talked about how to find out what you want to do in life and how to maintain your honesty and common sense in this very difficult society.

Finally, based on sociology and Eastern philosophy, I created a course dedicated exclusively to these issues. I will describe this to you in the Desocialization Adventures section and provide some exercises and “walking meditations” that I have used to help students understand their activities.

Speaking of living in the academy with students, I also listened, learned a lot. Therefore, I dedicate this booklet to all my former students, for I have learned most of what I have written here.

It’s probably ironic that after writing the section “Everyone Hates Writing,” I really enjoyed the process of writing this book. After writing in the usual, gloomy language of the social sciences, it was a great relief to speak good English. I always love to write, and I think I did great until I finished school and the whole style was knocked out of me by the demands of academic sociologists. I was always a little opposed. I remember the chairman of my dissertation sadly asking me if I had “turned against sociology” because I used too much plain English. As I was writing this book, I felt like I was regaining the voice of writing 30 years later.

And here is an excerpt from her last chapter on how to use sociology to guide your development.
 
My hope for you

Finally, I hope that learning about the influence of society on the individual (sociological imagination) has helped you understand how the world has influenced you. And by understanding this, you can truly understand who you are, love who you are, and be forgiving of yourself. You can then begin to nurture the person you want to become and nurture the love relationship in your life. Here’s an interview with Brene Brown Ted emphasizing the importance of allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and that vulnerability makes you feel love and pain. But being open to these emotions allows us to grow in love if we think we are worthy of love.
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One of the main goals of this class was to give you ideas on how to apply sociology to your life. I hope our class will impress you and sometimes I hope you will come back to this blog and look again at the ideas we discussed in class. Like the sound of a bell, you are constantly changing, growing and improving. There will be times when you will experience more improvement than others, and sometimes in life you will be more open to the lessons of our class.

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