The Areas of Social Life

   The human being is a social being by nature; an aspect that can be developed throughout life.

   There are six distinguishable areas among the main areas of social life: family, friends, work (school), economic life, political life, and a life in relation with God. In each one of these areas, the human being develops a role of a character or actor on the world’s stage. Human relations differ in each of the areas, and at the same time specific human rights and duties are identified.

   In the family, the children have the right to receive education and the material and affective support from their parents; however, they also have the duty to love, respect, and help their parents and siblings.

   These same children in the area of school have the right to receive training and education from their teachers; however, with the duty to study and respect their teachers, classmates and the school’s facilities.

   Moreover, these same children are part of other areas: they are the children of their parents as well as brothers or sisters; students in school; friends among their circle of friends; citizens in their community; and children of God in the area of religion. They are not, however, separated nor have different lives. It is always the same person that acts within each of these areas of social life. That unique living being that is stable and permanent is what we call a “person”, which is what allows each one of us to be what we each are with our own specific personality.

   Nevertheless, in today’s society there are people that do not live like persons: some are degraded and manipulated in the area of work, young people can change behavior when finding themselves within their gang of friends and others fall under the influence of drugs and criminality. The problem in these cases is that the role itself dominates the person and takes on different fragmented and separated lives in each of the areas. In other words, the person becomes an individual separated into different pieces.

   It is in front of this risk that social capabilities must be developed, thus creating a strong personality that is not penetrable by circumstances and bad influences, nor does it allow itself to passively be persuaded by any external influence (Translated by Gianna Sanchez Moretti).

   Arturo Ramo

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