People in the west therefore may go through their entire lives never thinking to analyze this picture as a result are helpless against all kinds of pressure on them to conform in many kinds of ways. There is a natural order called Life, and usually good people live and good people die.
In other words, we know that this is true of human behaviour, but how do we know it? People know how hard it is to stand against the group, and they often recollect, to their shame, having said something simply because other members of the group said it. When we are young we believe we can change the world — we look about ourselves and see that the world is dysfunctional and we believe that we can be agents of change, agents that will make everything be all right.
We need, argues Lessing, to learn from this; we need especially to learn from the last two and a half centuries since the French revolution of "laboratories of social change. Within four years everyone saw him as a cruel person and not a friend anymore.
And the mechanics of this are interesting. In this visual, we chose the words beliefs, cruelty, brutality, war, and peace. The majority in the group - according to instruction- will assert stubbornly that these two shapes or lengths are the same length, or size, while the solitary individual, or the couple, who have not been so instructed will assert that the pieces of wood or whatever are different.
We never pay attention when told that if we are teachers we will treat boys differently to how we treat girls, that we will treat people of colour differently in both cases, that is, less favourably than we will treat white people.
It means, too, conforming to those large lague, ill-defined collections of people who may never think of themselves as having a collective mind But there is a another aspect, and that is our ability to look at ourseleves, as individuals and society, from a detached point of view, to see the absurdities and the irrationality.
The second chapter investigates the penchant of people not only to attach themselves to beliefs of all kinds, but to throw away reason in favor of blind faith and to vilify everyone who does not share the same belief. When we look at the roles we play in society, when we examine our own beliefs, when we ask ourselves, "How did I come to behave thus," or "why was I afraid to do that?
Lessing, an English citizen born in Persia now Iran and raised in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwewon the Nobel Prize for Literature inhas authored scores of books and often has been acclaimed as one of the great writers of her time. Another very noticeable mechanism the way a writer may fall out of favor for many years-while still alive, be hardly noticed and suddenly be noticed and praised.
We need to start better educating our children in hoping that our children will become decent citizens and decent human beings who will make our society progress.
As teachers you must become aware of this, that attention is one of your most powerful teaching aids. Lessing argues that future generations will be amazed at how much information people of our time have gathered about themselves, while failing to use it to improve their lives. Summary The United States as a country is a social experiment; when it was established over years ago, there was no living democracy on the planet.
Many agree that among our most shameful memories is this, how often we said black was white because other people were saying it.
These disciplines, including psychology, sociology, social psychology, and social anthropology, are breaking new ground in helping us to understand why individuals and groups act as they do, but Lessing decries the fashionable tendency to dismiss such areas of study as the so-called "soft" sciences, because their findings supposedly cannot be measured as readily or rigorously as could those of the more traditional branches of science.
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