Friday 5 April 2013

Politics, Society, Culture and History

Politics (from Greek politikos "of, for, or relating to citizens") is the art or science of influencing people on a civic, or individual level, when there are more than 2 people involved.
Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we "choose government officials and make decisions about public policy".[1]

History (from Greek ἱστορία - historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation"[2]) is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about these events. The term includes cosmic, geologic, and organic history, but is often generically implied to mean human history.
History can also refer to the academic discipline which uses a narrative to examine and analyse a sequence of past events, and objectively determine the patterns of cause and effect that determine them.[3][4]
Historians sometimes debate the nature of history and its usefulness by discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing "perspective" on the problems of the present
Culture (Latin: cultura, lit. "cultivation")[1] is a modern concept based on a term first used in classical antiquity by the Roman orator, Cicero: "cultura animi". The term "culture" appeared first in its current sense in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, to connote a process of cultivation or improvement, as in agriculture or horticulture. In the 19th century, the term developed to refer first to the betterment or refinement of the individual, especially through education, and then to the fulfillment of national aspirations or ideals. In the mid-19th century, some scientists used the term "culture" to refer to a universal human capacity. For the German nonpositivist sociologist Georg Simmel, culture referred to "the cultivation of individuals through the agency of external forms which have been objectified in the course of history".[2]
A society, or a human society, is a group of people involved with each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification and/or dominance patterns in subgroups.
My views and manifestos;
I feel that politics is an essential part of how our country is run, and although some of the laws that have been put in place may not be right and I may not agree with them, I think without this structure our country would be a lot worse off, and we are better having it. I like the fact that us as a public are included in the choices that are made to some extent, as we are allowed to vote for which party we want to be elected depending on our beliefs and views. I think that a lot of people think negatively about politics and suggest not speaking about it, but without politics out country might be in a different state than it is in today.
History is something which is never going to be changed no matter how long someone will argue about it therefore I believe that we should learn from the mistakes that we make and that other countries or people have made and move on from it. History has developed and molded the way in which we think, it is something which is crucial to the way we live, looking back in regret is a bad way to look at life, look at the good things which have come out of history, and how it has befitted out lives.
Having different cultures allows people to learn different things about each of the cultures, they should be celebrated and embraced rather than looked at as a negative thing. Having a culture brings people together even if they are unaware of it, it allows people to share something and have something in common, something special, a culture of a certain country shows what that country is all about.

Equality in society is something which needs to be promoted more, in this country there is a lot of in equality but this is something that our country is working on. A society is the bringing together of people, it helps to build relationships and generally helps the quality of peoples lives. Living in a society can sometimes be seen as a bad thing and an overwhelming thing, although when looking at it in smaller groups it is good, and it helps people get through different parts of their lives.

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