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We are surrounded by darkness on all sides as we rush through our brief span of life toward inevitable death. The agonized question “Why?” that almost every man feels at some moment or other as he becomes conscious of his condition is quickly stifled by the cliché answers that society has available. Society provides us with religious systems and social rituals, ready-made, that relieve us of such questioning. The “world-taken-for-granted,” the social world that tells us that everything is quite okay, is the location of our inauthenticity.
Peter Berger, Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective (via danilova)

So you think you’re free? Think again. I still want to believe that you can achieve happiness w/ your individuality but admit it, the world is suffocating and the rules that govern it.


“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.”

Georg Simmel

I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end. My field is the history of thought. Man is a thinking being.
Michel Foucault, Truth, Power, Self : An Interview with Michel Foucault (25 October 1982). (via heyjude-begin)
Time and time again reports and surveys indicate that children are under more pressure today than ever before. What these surveys actually mean is that children have become de-educated from being able to deal with difficult circumstances. To a considerable extent, children have been socialized to perceive pressure as a marker for a disease.

Frank Furedi Wasted: Why Education isn’t Educating pg.15.

Furedi’s argument is that schools are paranoid about upsetting children to such a degree that they keep them permanently in a social state of infancy. Sports days are events where competition is stripped away, everyone is equal for participating, no one wins.

Individuals who are raised never having to deal with adversity will find adulthood desperately difficult. School education has lost this edge, no longer able to command respect from its students in part due to the constant critique from parents. No one has faith in schools anymore, and schools have lost their authority. How do they recover?

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Goodman's Sociology for Short Attention-Spans

I miss you, Sociology classes. I miss you UP Diliman.


Karl Marx: Life’s not fair, let’s all share!
Emile Durkheim: You get the ankles, I’ll get the wrists.
Max Weber: All work and no play…
Georg Simmel: I feel like I am ze Country Mouse in ze Zitty, Ja?
Jurgen Habermas: Why can’t we all just get along?
Talcott Parsons: I have a diagram that explains EVERYTHING!
Pierre Bourdieu: Kids, stay in school.
Michel Foucault: Er… donnez-moi le gagball.
Erving Goffman: Where’s that #$@%!! waiter?
Jean Baudrillard: Real=fake; life=Disneyland
Herbert Blumer: It’s all in your mind.
Louis Althusser: It’s not in your mind.


this is so cool. what can you do with a sociology degree?

I don’t know if this is applicable for Filipinos. But fellow Socio grads, go find yourself in there. I do see Advertising (in bold) but can’t find Marketing or Market Research.

The largest fonts are jobs in the government (labor and welfare mostly) and personnel manager.

Based from people I know, Filipino Socio grads go: Educating, Researching (Social and Market), Media work, Practicing Law, Working in Government Offices, Working for HR Department then quite a few on Management and Insurance.

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