Wanna know why so many people hate social media?

Social capital is a term in sociology which refers to benefits/expected benefits one can gain from ones social circles. Similar to monetary capital, social capital often can be used to gain more social capital and imbalances in capital are often correlated with economic imbalance. An example of this is most country clubs, country clubs connect other wealthy people with each other which opens up opportunity for advancement.

Means of attaining social capital in western culture in the past was mainly reserved for the privileged, but with social media social capital has become much more attainable to those who have talent, creativity, merit, etc.

This is threatening to many because it takes away some of the privilege from those whose social capital is based not on their deserving but their means.


Experimentation Goals!

…After the experiment a girl who is a lesbian approached me. She said she was attracted to me. I had to tell her, ‘I can do this experiment and I can talk to you and know you as a friend. But I can’t really totally be part of what you are. I can’t be a lesbian.’ I found out that you have to set your own goals.”

How Much Affection Should Two Girls Show?
Shirley G. Streshinsky, Seventeen, July 1974

So in Australia

Aboriginal Australians get handouts. Like, more money from the government if they’re unemployed, health care benefits (because their life expectancy is lower than whities by a decade), special scholarships and stuff like that.
You get these things if you have a parent that’s Aboriginal, or your grandparents…you get these handouts even if you’re only 1/14th Aboriginal.

My questions are:
1. How do Aboriginal Australians feel about “white” Aboriginals (Australians who are 1/14th Aboriginal) getting freebies and handouts?
2. How do white Australians feel about 1/14th Aboriginals getting freebies and handouts?

anonymous asked:

What's the point of life? I am so unhappy with myself and it's making it very hard to love others.

I spent 2 days trying to answer this normally. I wrote logical answers. I wrote stereotypical answers. I wrote safe answers. But I hated all of them. So I wrote this instead:

We are organic beings made up of bones and muscles and water and a brain and some other stuff.

The hard sciences tell us we have a number of purposes for life: we are here to reproduce; we are here to continue our evolution and further our species; we are here because we are a higher form of being that has developed a type of higher thought and out-survived our competition.

All the world religions have their own reasons for being: we are here because we were created to exist and live now; we are here to be good to one another and live good and moral lives; we are here because it was meant to be.

Regardless of which reason you think is most accurate, none of them explain how you are supposed to be happy.

So what do I think is the point of life?

I think we are a very selfish species who thinks far too individualistically. We have developed higher thought and are able to be self aware, but we seem to take that to mean we can only be aware of ourselves.

We are just one species out of millions, on one planet out of billions.

Think about that for a moment. There is so, so much more out there. There is more than what is in your city, or in your country, or on this Earth.

Our lives, our generation, our species’ existence, is just a small marker on the massive timeline of the universe. The point of life in general is far bigger than us and more than we can comprehend.

So what is the point of our individual lives?

I think we just need to be happy with whatever it is we are doing, and forget the rest. Find the thing you love more than anything else, and do it until you die. Chase your passions hungrily. Demand what you want out of life and don’t waste time doing something you hate.

Your life could be over at any moment. And even if you live to be 100 and die of old age, you’ve lived for 100 years out of billions. Living safe simply doesn’t make sense.

Somehow, it was decided that you were meant to be alive here and now.

Now do something with it.

Canadian university offers sociology class on Cristiano Ronaldo

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Spending a semester studying Cristiano Ronaldo sounds like a great idea.

The University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus is offering a sociology course on the Ballon d’Or winner.

Despite it sounding like a fun elective, the course takes a serious look at Ronaldo and uses him as a case study of global superstardom.

We assume watching Real Madrid matches count as extra credit.

We see the universe the way it is because we exist.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

In the last few months, I have been reading and watching a lot on space and the history of our universe. I am not smart enough to understand all the science behind some of the topics, but I am finding new inspirations and ways of thinking about things. Mainly, how small and insignificant we really are, and that maybe some of the things we think are important, are maybe not all that important after all.