Social Barriers

04 Mar

I wrote this for my English teacher; I don’t really like it, but I thought I could publish it here and see what people think of it. If anyone still reads this blog.



Chauvinism is a much known problem, yet it is nothing but a symptom of a deeper problem – and people rarely seem to acknowledge that. They acknowledge said deeper problem, and they connect the two; nevertheless, it seems to me that they regard chauvinism as something more than a special case of said problem. Even if chauvinism is the worst case of the deeper problem, and needs to be dealt, to some extent, on its own – it is the deeper problem that should be discussed, and chauvinism should only be given as an example of it.

Chauvinism is not the issue we are here to discuss, though; it is only given as an example of how people try to make the deeper problem seem less deep by making its symptoms appear like related, independent problems, rather than special cases of the first one. It does not happen only with chauvinism; racism is, probably, the actual worst case of this problem, and it gets a very similar treatment.

The deeper problem is so deep it is difficult to define; you can say it is the social barriers in our society. People are expected to do this or that, and remain in this area or that one – metaphorical areas or physical ones, mind you – because of irrelevant details, such as race or gender. They can be ‘walled out’ just because of a traditional line of thinking, just because they always have been, just because no one bothers to question the barriers, which exist in our society, and ask why they exist.

These social barriers vary greatly – they can be the custom which doesn’t allow men to express their emotions, and they can be the line of thinking which leads dictators to decided people of darker colour or different religion should be kept ‘walled out’ and be kept apart from the rest of the people. But it all comes to social barriers, in the end – to thinking that people should be treated unequally, that they should be separated; that each group of people has its own place and it should be ‘walled in’ there.

These barriers were created, and now they are kept in our society, because it is convenient for some people when everything has its place, even if it is not the place it fits to be in, even if it is not where it wants to be.

These barriers make people separated even when they don’t have to be. They make people seem different from one another, even when they are actually similar; and they will stay there, until enough people have the strength to fight them. The only solution each one of us has is to fight them as much as possible.

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