Unit 5 Blog Post

After learning the different types of societies, past and present, I believe I would enjoy living in an agricultural society. The largest reason behind my choice stems from my belief that we are exposed to and constantly bombarded by far too much nowadays, be it electronically, socially, economically, etc. I understand that all of what we have and are a part of is a result of much rationalization, where “A large emphasis is placed on rules, efficiency, and practical measurable results,” (Nick Lee) reforming from what we know was inefficient to that which makes more sense for us as far as usability and capability goes, however, I sometimes feel that if we were to “go back to the basics,” we may develop a greater outlook on life.

Ranting on- I know many are probably confused about my stance on this, particularly as I write this blog from my computer in the comfort of my home with my lights and tv on, and I understand a step all the way back to agricultural society seems a tad drastic (and maybe it is) but I think if we continue to run our oversensitized selves as hard as we do, with all the distractions, socialization, and work that we do, we may come to some sort of tipping point where a step back is a logical option. I know agricultural society is more than one step, and I highly doubt we will (at least in America) never see that again, but I truly do not believe a step back from our wildly overactive lives could hurt. Obviously, I am no expert here.

When it comes to alienation, I believe the most prominent form of which I, and I believe most Americans will see, is that of the separation between the laborer and their product. I see and experience this regularly at the company I work for, as we are the “services” half of a group of medical clinics. This means that essentially everything I do does affect the outcome of our procedures or patients in some way, but I will most likely never see that from beginning to end because what I do does not directly affect them.

Talking on a combination of statuses, I can immediately point out a few. The most apparent (and easiest to start off with) are my ascribed statuses- which are those most likely acquired at birth- these being I am a Hispanic male, who comes from an upper-middle class family . My achieved statuses, defined as “one that is acquired on the basis of merit; it is a position that is earned or chosen and reflects a person’s skills, abilities, and efforts.” (http://sociology.about.com/b/2011/03/25/sociology-concept-spotlight-achieved-status-versus-ascribed-status.htm) are that I am a college student, working as a financial analyst, and am a young homeowner.