For my topic of interest this week, I have decided to talk about: Family.
May seem like a weird one to start with, I know. I understand that this is no social injustice or politically opposed topic of conversation, however I believe it to be of utmost importance when considering the globes current stance and moral position. It is the very place where individuals are crafted into societally aware beings and moral citizens of this world – where individuals are crafted into who they are. So lets discuss.
What is, family? Some may without a second thought reply that family is the figures you share your DNA with – your biological mother, father and siblings. Some may also include extended biologically related figures such as grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins. The Oxford dictionary defines family as “a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit.”1
But what are we to define ‘family’ as in today’s modern world? Does the definition of a family not include the other significant persons in an individual’s life? Do peers, teachers and coworkers not have a great enough impact nor held dear enough in the hearts of individuals that they should be thought of as their family also? And if they were to be included in the general consensus when asked to define family; why do so many politicians, policy-makers, people of power and influence find it so hard to see how an individual is not only raised by the names printed on a birth certificate? That the modern definition of a family does not need to stay the same as it has for years but can be molded to better suit the new structures of family that we see so often today. I guess what I am saying is, its time the rest of the world became more accepting of these changes – for the worst thing that can happen is for things to stay as they always have been. What are your thoughts?
1 family – definition of family in English from the Oxford dictionary. 2016. family – definition of family in English from the Oxford dictionary. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/family. [Accessed 11 March 2016].