- Politics and Social Issues
An Individual's Look at Today's Social Climate
Today's social climate is a complex beast to tackle all at once. A brick wall of problems that stands before the people with a nearly unapproachable intimidation. These issues range from a long history of prejudicial cultures, lacking social structures, outdated and unsupported legal systems, and billions of people unwilling to make a change. However, most social issues can be resolved through a true and complete application of trust.
It is no big secret that sexism and racism are forms of prejudice that is still holding back many good people with so much to offer the world. After the Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights Movements many institutions and laws have been put in place to end the legal repression of minority groups. Though, if you ask anyone in these groups they will generally tell you how it is not enough. Women are still paid significantly less than men and are less likely to be moved into a management position. Black men are still less likely to be hired in the first place and have to worry about whether an officer is going to pull the trigger while he grabs his own wallet. Most people do not consider themselves prejudicial and consider their views to be justified. These are not social institutions that are created or upheld (generally) out of the determined and with intent, but more underlying misunderstood feelings of unfamiliarity and fear. These are not the only forms of prejudice that holds back our people, there is also other forms like ageism that is found in the assuming the elderly have nothing left to offer or that the youth are unable to be mature for example.There are many assumptions made about people, but it is important to remember there is a difference between first impressions and assuming the worst out of stereotypes.
The social institutions seem to be a very touchy subject for people to tackle. Many seem to go into the conversation in a direction either towards 'give all the money to the homeless' or 'let the homeless die'. This is about the furthest thing from a black and white issue to be tackled. The groups that are against social institutions tend to view the less fortunate as lazy. These groups do not want to spend the money building a soup kitchen for people who would rather spend money on drugs than buy an honestly earned dinner. The less fortunate in some situations are not receiving the benefits offered to the fullest extend which causes them to become dependent. Once dependency begins, it becomes nearly impossible to rise out of. For example, unemployment is a program created to help people who have had poor situations cause them to lose their job. It happens and doesn't have to be anyone's fault every time maybe this person broke their leg falling off a ladder at home. A person with a family cannot always spend a couple months looking for new employment without income in the meantime and continue to feed their family. Ideally a person in the time collecting this unemployment is going to be out applying for new jobs and receive one quickly to no longer collect their benefits. However, even with the perfect resume, it takes time to find a new job when you don't already have one. An employer looks suspiciously at a gap in employment. Now a head of household finds themselves having to continue using food stamps to keep food on the table. Now this person who had a career that had been a fine life needs to build new skills or a way to move somewhere where their old skills are still wanted. Without an opportunity for further education this person will be forced to take an unskilled position for just over minimum wage. This isn't the only other side of the issue unfortunately. Then there is the people who chose to live off of social institutions because they do not want to earn the living on their own. There are the people who don't strive to get a better job when they can work 12 hours a week and collect underemployment and food stamps for as long as they can. This is an issue filled with gray area that makes it difficult to come at from any unbiased direction.
These issues don't have a clear "right" answer. Of course we all want to say, "Yes! Let us love those around us and support those who need help." Sadly the words continue to fail in their depth of meaning. These are issues that everyone needs to approach with an open mind. There is another side to every story and they are worth hearing. Compromises must be made. Most importantly though is trust. This is my plea to humanity. Give a reason to be trusted and trust those you haven't. Sides are made because people saying yes are unwilling to hear out or help the no's and the no's have to band together against the yes's because with solidarity comes strength. We need solidarity and strength, but we may all share it together. We, as members of our peer groups, this damaged social climate, and of this same Earth must come together, trust, and most importantly love one another to build for a better tomorrow.
I did not go too deeply into any topic as to more encourage my readers to engage in discussion in the comments. Let us discuss every detail of these issues from every perspective to give us all a better understanding for another's point of view.