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Promise of Sociology


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Peter Berger:
It is not the excitement of coming upon the totally unfamiliar, but rather the excitement of finding the familiar becoming transformed in its meaning. The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived our lives. This also constitutes a transformation of consciousness.
Albert Einstein
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
James Baldwin
The purpose of education...is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for [herself or] himself, to make [her or] his own decisions, to say to [herself or] himself this is black or this is white, to decide for [herself or] himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions is the way [a person] achieves her or his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish. The obligation of anyone who thinks of herself or himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it or to fight it - at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.