This week we looked at social change and how it relates to people on a political and personal level. For example, we used Robby’s desire to have a large all-terrain vehicle that has notoriously poor gas mileage as an instance of his ‘personal’ world. Robby, being a world-wise and savvy guy, also sees global warming and other environmental ills as some of the most pressing geo-political problems of the 21st century; so, we attributed this awareness to Robby’s ‘political’ world. When we compare the two, we see that Robby’s ‘social’ and ‘political’ spheres are in conflict with one another. We also determined that the concepts of ‘learned helplessness’ and personal sacrifice were directly related to people’s hesitance to act for social change.
In this Journal Discussion, I’d like you to consider the reasons why you have chosen not to participate in social change. Was there too much personal sacrifice involved or did you just feel like the issue was much too large for you to REALLY make a difference. If you feel as though you have worked for social change, tell us a little bit about how it felt to make those personal sacrifices and also explain how you were able to overcome the feeling of "learned helplessness." This is a rather large topic, so please provide comprehensive answers.