Terrorism, Globalization and Social Justice: An Overview
In Globalization, Terrorism and Social Justice I have learned and unlearned a various amount of information. To start with, I came with many ideas which I was actually very ignorant about; the habit of thinking within the box. However, through inquiry and the use of bracketing, I was able to research and allow new ideas to flow in. I took a critical look at the information I was given and applied it to my life. One of the reoccurring themes in this course was the idea of social justice. Social justice is the equality that can take place for different individuals or groups in society. It enables the equal distribution of rights, opportunities and resources between people. Social justice is a reconstruction of society in order to recognize and eliminate the injustices within it. The people in our society should be guaranteed the same rights as others. However, society is not perfect. Perfection is impossible without objective and subjective change.
To make an extrinsic change, we must understand it on an intrinsic level and acknowledge the amount of impact it has; the sociological imagination. Sociological imagination is the “capacity, ability, [and] quality of mind that allows an individual to understand and connect her or his life with the forces and dynamics that impact it”. What began as a mere definition became an idea that greatly affected my frame of thought. From it, I have learned how important it is that we recognize and accept ideas such as human diversity, limitations and opportunities imposed upon us. It exemplifies how the actions we take on a personal level, can have a societal affect on other individuals. We must remember that we are not only affected on a local level, but also on a global scale; the global sociological imagination. The Global Sociological Imagination is the ability and state of mind that allows individuals to understand and incorporate his/her life to external forces that impact it. It is a topic which needs to be understood, accepted, and utilized for the good of the global society. However, there are times when the realization of the global sociological imagination can have a negative impact on other people.
An example of this negative impact would be the act of terrorism. Terrorism is violence perpetrated in order to reach certain socially motivated goals. Terrorists find no limitation in what extent they may go to attain their objective; terrorism is the only feasible option. Their aim, to influence the general public view, their actions, warlike. After this course I am able to view terrorism in a new light, a sociological perspective. Entering this class, I believed that terrorists were in inherently bad people, they committed acts of violence for their own sick pleasure. However, through the sociological perspective I have unlearned such notions and have learned that to one person these acts are considered criminal and claim the perpetrator a terrorist. To another, this person is fighting for a right, they are dealing with an injustice in society the best they can and in actuality are freedom fighters. Yes, there is always more than one side to a story; many like to claim there are two sides. However, in my opinion, there are always three sides to a story; one side, the opposing side, and the truth. Each side holds its own perspective and each has the capability to mislead people with information. I believe it is up to us to debunk the information we receive, look at both sides objectively and subjectively, not succumb to any pressures and find an understanding, the truth. This understanding and the ideas behind social justice are not just ideas you read about in a book. These ideas need to be put into action in order to realise and feel the impact they have on us on an individual and global scale.
The knowledge gained in this class proved to be very vital to who I am as an individual and how I understand social beings and the social world. I would like to thank you Charles for all that you have done this semester. I do feel you are making change semester by semester and am looking forward to taking more classes with you in the future. Society is ever changing. We have the power to provide change on an external level when we can change within ourselves, on an internal level. When we are ready to do just that, is when society will come to the brink of positive change.