I was a little confused on this topic a little bit when we discussed it in class, I had some questions and I also found it a little hard to understand when it came to looking at people within their own society. It made me instantly have different examples come to mind on how my society views people and the things they do. Structural Functionalism looks at a perfect was of looking at people and how a society is ran, well that is what I got out of it. They want it to be a perfect society and/or world but it doesn’t necessarily work that way. There will always be someone that is not okay with how things are being ran and thats what makes up laws and different ways of doing things. It makes up a world or society that has flaws, because lets be honest no one is exactly perfect and that goes for a society as well.
I think about examples of a perfect society and/or a perfect person, and I instantly think of race or crime. Would one race in a society be more perfect than another race? How can we define a perfect society with so many different people within that society? People are brought up into the world from different generations and different customs and views, perfect is not exactly the best word to describe different. I also thought about how structural functionalism thinks about conflict, which is very interesting. They believe in ignoring conflict which seems to be a little difficult, there is no way everyone can just ignore conflict. Conflict will happen because no one is perfect and conflict is something people deal with all the time. Again, a perfect society would still somehow have conflict because not every person will be happy with everything. There are small conflicts or bigger conflicts but people still either are apart of that conflict or have something to say about it that bothers them.
I think of how someone commits a crime and we instantly blame that gender, race, or age whenever that crime comes up again. I think it’s a bad way of classifying people and a certain crime to certain people, its profiling and I know our society has that bad. I don’t believe in the idea that everyone is apart of someones mistakes or their bad ideas. That person chose to do that for a reason and that is on them. That is why there can’t be a perfect society, there is too much conflict, crime, and hate in society’s for their to be a perfect one.I think this theory brings up many things we don’t really think about and how we can kind of be more appreciative that it is okay we are not perfect and it is okay that our society has flaws, can you imagine if we had no choice but to be a perfect society?