Mackenzie Symes Sociology Chapter 9 Reaction September 30, 2012 Throughout reading chapter nine I repeatedly kept asking myself the same question and I never got an answer that seemed justified, “why were people so tolerant?” Also, what made humans become so tolerant of actions and attitudes that lack compassion? After all, I do not think that people were originally born without compassion for others and slowly compassion evolved as a human characteristic. The chapter did point out several influences for this tolerance due to social stratification, but these points such as slavery, only make it more obvious that what people have done and continue to do is wrong and cruel. I understand that religion is an extremely important and influential for people but the Divine Rights of Kings was not always a doctrine that was followed. As far as my understanding goes, this concept was introduced during the Middle Ages to ensure the protection of the nobility from potential revolts and maintain their power. It is interesting that this newly formed doctrine was accepted; why didn’t people think “well this was not a rule yesterday and now it is?” Looking at it that way, it seems suspicious. It is hard to grasp that around the world people created caste systems, used slavery, and other relatable things; in several countries these practices are still in use. It is even harder to
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