Society Is an External Force

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Thomas Hobbes argued that without strictly enforced rules, the degree of competitiveness between people was such that they would constantly be locked in a relentless and chaotic struggle against one another. He also argued that the people are rational, therefore they would recognize the need for strong government in order to restrain their selfish desires and evade turmoil in society. This is further supported by Durkheim when he stated, some ways must be found to bind the unsatisfied desire. However, Durkheim suggested that it is the society not the rational individuals that acts to limit our desires through establishing a set of moral values that the individual learns to accept as the proper manner of behaving in connection with each other. The individuals will not only accept theses moral standards but also internalizes them. This can be seen in Saudi Arabia whereby the restrictions on women are fully abide by the ladies in that country and defying the restriction may lead to imprisonment. For instance, women are forbidden to drive. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women from driving. The ban is in place to limit contact with men who are not members of the immediate family. As such, this shows that the society plays a big role in the internalization of roles and shapes the behavior of the individuals itself. Conversely, Dennis Wrong believes that the inability of this view to evaluate the emotional or effective aspect of people’s life will lead to oversocialization. The individual become overburdened by the weight of role prescriptions and may trigger reaction such as rebellion. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual (LGBT) movement can be seen a case preference. The LGBT movement rejected the concept of imago dei because it was seen as a restrictive, overtly religious concept that depends on authoritative revelation. Conservative Jews, Christians, and Muslims all view homosexuality as against the commands of God.Going against the nature...
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