I was reading the NY Times last night and they had a good article on Barack Obama’s mother. I think she represents one of those people who live their life the way they want to, and not worry about social stereotypes. Barack’s mother was white, she was from Kansas she married someone black in the 1960s. Can you imagine what she must have been thinking then marrying someone of another race?Well obviously it didn’t bother her, and in the large realm of her life and Barack’s it really never made a difference. She took care of her son, and she got to do the things she wanted which was traveling and becoming an anthropologist. Although her place in history was not as large as Barack’s she greatly contributed to his success as a person because she did not place socially constructed restraints on her son. The rest of Barack’s life is history.
I find it very interesting how many people still spend so much effort to ensure they perfectly fit into social stereotypes. I meet people everyday and some are bent on satisfying their friends, their parents, and making sure they stay comfortably in their socio-economic status. One thing I have problems trying to understand why people can’t just accept you for the person you are, and how you treat them versus how society says you have to treat them. I think making assumptions based on someones economic standing, race, or gender is quite foolish, more likely bad assumptions will be made.
I think if people spent time trying to live their lives the way they want to, and follow their own individual ambitions, and avoid from being defined. They will probably contribute more to society.
I think this is one of the reasons I like to stay away from the notion of traditions. Many traditions have been bad, and if people blindly embrace them at face value they hinder the development of better ideas. I have hope that logic and reason will prevail.