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Attitudes and the Society Part 2

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We need to look at where we stand as an individual, as a group and as a community within a country found in a continent. As an individual are we willing to change and accept that what we have done, are doing, and will do is good or bad and therefore need to be rehabilitated or sustained? One big question is; “why are some individual progressing while others retrogress, some countries especially the western world always building ahead and others are seriously struggling to implement dead policies that finally favor only an individual though WE claim that the WESTERN AND MODERN way of doing things is the best thereby neglecting our own culture?” Dead conscience should I presumed to be the case in this part of our world. This and other factors are credited and being laid as foundations for the generations to come.

It must first be seen that all men are “philosophers,” by defining the limits and characteristics of the “spontaneous philosophy”. That is to say, we proceed to the question is it better to “think,” without having a critical awareness, in a conception of the word mechanically imposed by the external environment; i.e. by one of the social groups in which everyone is automatically involved from the moment of his entry into conscious world.

Or, on the other hand, is it better t to work out consciously and critically one’s own conception of the word and thus, in connection with the labors of one’s own brain, choose one’s sphere of activity, take an active part in one’s own guide, refusing to accept passively and supinely from outside the moulding of one’s personality.

An individual needs to understand he/she is made up of unique detractors or labors of one’s own brain: cognitive, behavior and affective as well as the Evaluative domains which consistently work against each other in the implied world.

Cognitive Domain: The mental state and sentiments about the situation in which we find ourselves as an individual to take a decisive decision.

Affective Domain: This domain is about how an individual feel about the object, issue or event that impede in performance of daily burdens.

Behavioral Domain: How the attitude is perceived by people around us sways our manners.

Evaluative Domain: This aspect deals with how positively or negatively each individual response to inducements.

Therefore, the starting point of critical explanation is the consciousness of what one really is and is “knowing thyself” as a product of the bygone process to date which has dumped in us an extremely of traces without leaving an account.

Similarly, the contrast between thought and action, i.e. the co-existence of two conceptions of the world, one affirmed in words and the other displayed in effective action, is not simply a product of self-deception.

Not forgetting that critical understanding of self takes place therefore through a struggle of political “hegemonies” and of opposing directions first in the ethical field and then in that of politics proper, in order to arrive at the working out higher levels of one’s conception of reality.

Reference

Jeffery C. Alexander, S. S. (1990). Culture and Society Contemporary debate. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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Attitudes and the Society

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Attitudes in the society

Gutters choked with waste, buildings being constructed on water ways without proper engineering mechanisms, public funds being blown by greedy individuals we call politicians, lack of maintenance culture on our roads and structures, Science and Technological Universities drifting towards Humanitarian Courses, engineers wearing suite with ropes practicing their field work in offices, researcher papers left on shelf waiting for man-made and artificial disasters to occur and conduit hot arguments for politicians. Oh! What an interesting society we belong?

Most especially the youth in our society are used to sayings these: this is how it is done, you are not the first person; so lets us do it and live it the way it is; are you Jesus or Father Christmas?; Even the Member of Parliament wasn’t able to do anything about it, how much more you a common floor member! Ah!

These are comments and evaluations individuals make about objects, ideas, events, or other individual who tries to take up an initiative that can benefit the society in which they find themselves mainly because of our attitude and behavior. These comments make our society not to develop and create disorder in our society that is very difficult to erase.

As an individual, we must have the inclination to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Understand that attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards.

Nevertheless, as youth ready to make impact in our society, we must have significant thoughts and beliefs about the subject; how the object, person, issue or event makes us feel;

how the subject influences our behavior as well as positive or negative response to the subject.

(Allport G.W, 1935) Defined an attitude as “a mental and neural state of readiness, organized through experience, exerting a directive and dynamic influence upon the individual’s response to all objects and situations with which it is related” (p. 810). A decade later, (Krech D, 1948) wrote, “An attitude can be defined as an enduring organization of motivational, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive processes with respect to some aspect of the individual’s world” (p. 152). These definitions emphasized the enduring nature of attitudes and their close relationship to individuals’ behavior.

As youth, we should not let our attitudes form as a result of past experiences. Though they may emerge due to direct personal experience, or they may result from observations.

Similarly, social roles and social norms can have a strong influence on attitudes which should not be. Social roles relate to how people are expected to behave in a particular role or context. Social norms involve society’s rules for what behaviors are considered appropriate say a husband to assist his lovely wife in the kitchen not common in our society.

Also, attitudes can be learnt in a variety of ways. But the question is, as youth, are we to learn the positive attitudes or vice versa? Open attitudes are conscious principles that can guide decisions and behavior. Hidden attitudes are unconscious principles that can still influence decisions and behavior. So as a youth, we have to be mindful with our principles.

References

Allport G.W. (1935). Attitudes. In C. Murchison (Ed.) Handbook of social psychology. Worcester: Mass: Clark University Press.

businessdictionary.com/definition/attitude. (n.d.). Retrieved June 24, 2015, from http://www.businessdictionary.com: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/attitude.html#ixzz3dzrLHluL

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Krech D, C. R. (1948). Theory nd problems of social psychology. New York: MacGraw-Hill.