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What is the backbone of society?

 
 
Yahto
 
Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 09:41 pm
Are conservatives correct in their opinion that it is the family rather than the individual?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 10:11 pm
Bacon.
Yahto
 
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 10:47 pm
@ossobuco,
Bacon?
Are you suggesting that pigs keep the society stable and well oiled?

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JLNobody
 
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 11:35 pm
Taxes.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 12:39 am
@Yahto,
Yah you need to elaborate
Yahto
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 01:16 am
@dalehileman,
I was simply curious on the matter of society's basic foundation that keeps it strong and continuing after reading the following articles.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/japans_population
Quote:
Japan is ageing faster than any country in history

FOR about 50 years after the second world war the combination of Japan's fast-growing labour force and the rising productivity of its famously industrious workers created a growth miracle. Within two generations the number of people of working age increased by 37m and Japan went from ruins to the world's second-largest economy. In the next 40 years that process will go into reverse. The working-age population will shrink so quickly that by 2050 it will be smaller than it was in 1950, and four out of ten Japanese will be over 65. Unless Japan's productivity rises faster than its workforce declines, which seems unlikely, its economy will shrink.


As well as.
http://www.economist.com/node/9539825

Quote:
“It's embarrassing to say this,” admits Mr Yamada, “but after a first child is born, the husband often doesn't do his bit helping out at home, and that engenders anxiety in the wife about having a second child.” That is partly cultural habit. Boys are pampered at home by their mothers and expect the same treatment—no nappy-changing, no washing up—later from their wives. But it is also because of the long working hours companies expect. So, says Kuniko Inoguchi, minister for gender issues and social affairs under Mr Koizumi, policy needs not only to be directed towards encouraging more women to work, with more nursing care for elderly relatives, better child care, more flexible working arrangements and so on. It also needs to make life better for working men.


And
Asia's lonely hearts: Women are rejecting marriage in Asia. The social implications are serious


It's a long read, but basically the gist of the story is that marriage in Japan highly segregates the role of husband and wife, making it unfair for women, thus new generations of women tend to be entirely "career women," having nothing to do with family. Past social traditions, it seems, are entrusting a highly unfair deal in marriage to women, leading to an interesting social effect that is observable in Japan today.
Very sexist, in my opinion.


Perhaps if women enjoyed more of the financial & independent freedoms that men had in society, and if they knew that their husbands would have more time to pick up the slack on house work, they would less reluctant to marriage or even carry a relationship.

Does this phenomenon indicates that marriage/ nuclear family is largely the base of society?
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 02:03 am
The social contract is the backbone of society. Whether or not one is the member of a functioning family, whether or not one's family is loving, supportive and sound. If the members of a society are oppressed by its laws and customs, if women and minorities are not respected, and especially if the government is not just, or at least tries to be just--then the family unit cannot keep the society whole. There has to be at least an ongoing negotiation between individuals, and between the governed and the governors to assure that a society is healthy and functional.
Yahto
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 10:26 am
@Setanta,
Oh I see, that makes sense, gotta think bigger then. Thanks.

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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 10:34 am
@Yahto,
Thank you Yah for clarification. Yes any society seems to undergo that birth, life, death
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Tim Boon
 
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Reply Thu 15 Nov, 2012 12:41 am
@Yahto,
Hello Friends,

In my opinion, family is the backbone of society. There is greater independence in childcare and home management. If there is a problem between husband and wife, they may find little consolation or comfort within the family itself. A sense of individualism and insularity can develop in the nuclear family. Cultural traditions are handed down more easily, through direct contact with older members of the family. Conflict may arise between members of the extended family over such things as, financial obligation, use of equipment, chores, responsibilities.

Best Regards,
Tim Boon
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Ir David
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2014 07:41 am
@Yahto,
It is the individual living in consensus with another individual, willing to sacrifice a bit of their individuality for the sake of the collective. Realising and appreciate the sacrifice, and attempt to make the same sacrifice. Then the individuals will remain an autonomous individual and at the same time he will act for sake of the collective. This commitment, consensus and conscience are the backbone of every society. Good Question, hope you like the answer.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2014 08:25 am
@Yahto,
Society is an invertebrate.
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Thomas33
 
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Reply Tue 2 Aug, 2016 10:22 am
The backbone are the actual workers; the people who run the infrastructure.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 2 Aug, 2016 11:34 am
@Thomas33,
That's true. The infrastructure must be in good shape for our economy to be competitive in the world marketplace. That includes communication, transportation, and everything in between.
That's one reason why I support free education. We should encourage and support all of our children to succeed.
I also encourage our country to adopt what Germany does with their internship programs for those who do not wish to go to college.
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