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Unformatted text preview: Gabrielle Colella Pro. Cohen Sociology of Intimacy 9.8.10 The Theoretical Importance of Family William J. Goode 1.Plato was probably the first to urge the creation of a society in which all members, men and women alike, would have an equal opportunity to develop their talents to the utmost, and to achieve a position in society solely through merit. (pg 14) Goode explains Platos idea of a utopia society. One in which the idea of family patterns is completely erased. This means that the traditional idea of mating would abolished and partners would solely be picked by their individual worth. In this society conception would have to be approved and take place on certain days. Children born out of this time slot or born with defects would be killed. After birth the children would be taken from the parents and be taught by designated people. This type of society would lose the family bond that our society has today. I chose this quote because I believe that this is a good way to control the population and create a homogeneous society. Unfortunately, I do not agree with all the terms but if further action was taken upon this idea the world would lose its sense of what a family stood for. It cuts all ties and bonds with the children and their parents which we know, in our society, and primarily all around the world, is the biggest and most important relationship that a child has and will be the first encounters with the world to be individuals and learn. This homogeneous and perfect society I believe would not last long. I believe that many parents especially mothers would feel a certain connection to the child after pregnancy that it would be hard for them to give up. As for the murdering of a child born out of the mating time or being defective, it simply sounds like a Holocaust action. True love and passion will make people do crazy things and a child could be born out of the time slot or simply unapproved. It becomes more of an ethical issue at that point. Emotions and feelings between a couple are built. I dont think you could force just any two people to mate with one another to create the perfect society and then take away their offspring. The quote relates to me in a lot of ways. I believe in equal opportunity as well and I think two intellectual well rounded people should procreate. I also agree with a society of equality amongst men and women and one that will allow people to hold higher status in society through the good that one does. However, in relation to myself, I may not see something one does as merit able while another may. In this case the society would be on a divide unless certain guidelines were laid down. Also in relation to myself you can not solve social problems by creating social problems. Again, who I may seem fit to be my husband another may not and n turn we can not procreate? The idea looks better on paper but to actually work I think not. Gabrielle Colella Pro. Cohen Sociology of Intimacy 9.8.109....
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2010 for the course SO so/ws345-0 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '10 term at Saint Peter's College.

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