jueves, 29 de agosto de 2013

The social context is a case

Our social context resembles a jewel case: contains us and keeps us form.

The case of the jewelry is designed in a way that protects it, especially against bumps, but not against water or fire.

Such a package usually take the form of the jewel cupped. In this gap the valuable object fits rightly though not excessive pressure.

It is also very soft fabric lining, such as velvet, silk, satin.

It's time to think the case is the skin of a gem that represents our body. In other words, "the jewel" represents the owner of the valuable object.

Something similar happens with other representatives of their own objects: the car, the house, clock, phone, clothes, shoes, university degrees.

Not only objects but also: spouse, children, other family members.

These elements give us prestige when we apply the proverb: "Tell me who (or what) are and I'll tell you who you are."

Returning to the concept of protective case in which the jewel should be rightly but without pressure, it's time to think the case is the environment, the context, the usual, routine, something that is always around us and that seems to restrain, I repeat, rightly but without pressure.

We can think about work, family, the neighborhood, the club, the political party, the church.

If we can support these comparisons, we can go a step further to say that a person in context, which feels like a second skin, ends up not knowing if you have the shape it is because she is so or because the context does not let it be otherwise. It's like we did not know if the jewelry retains its shape by itself or because the case requires it.

Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google):  El contexto social es un estuche.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 2.005)

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