- Study of a Relevant Social Problem.
Choose a current social problem affecting children and families in your community. Using peer-reviewed literature and governmental or other reliable data, address the following:
- Describe the specific group or groups of people affected by this problem, with particular attention to vulnerable populations. Using the literature, governmental or other date, describe how widespread is the problem currently?
- What factors have contributed to the identified problem? Place the problem within a socio-political, economic framework in order to explain these factors.
- How are society’s values reflected in how the problem is defined? How are social work values congruent with or divergent from, society’s values with respect to the problem you have identified?
- What solutions have been attempted to solve the problem? Evaluate their effectiveness. What solutions would you propose and why?
Given Kierkegaard’s belief that the existential truth is subjectivity, that all humans eventually become at least slightly objective and that people need to be slightly objective in order to be subjective, then a paradox presents itself. If a human cannot be subjective without being objective then this begs the question about whether or not a human reach a state of pure subjectivity. Within the World-Historical view, there is but a single objective truth to any individual event throughout history, but subjectivity shows a different, individual truth for every person viewing it. Seeing that people cannot objectively observe and think over the past (without first accomplishing the impossible task of becoming God-like), people are left to view the events themselves from the present, filling in the gaps between objective facts with subjective interpretations. These all compile to subjective truths; each being the truth, yet none being any more or less valid than the last. By being human, one is restricted by the ‘world’ they have subjectively constructed; a world made with the subjective truths influenced by their own thoughts, feelings and experiences. However, as partially subjective existences in what can only be perceived as a purely subjective world, one must ask if human beings can really exist in the same ‘world’ as anyone else and if the answer to that query changes the ‘answer’ to life itself. This presents us with the final paradox; that in order to obtain the ‘answer’ one must be an objective and static entity, but humans as a whole are subjective simply through existence. Were one to ‘find’ the so-called ‘answer’ to life, one’s life would fundamentally change. However, as a direct result of finding that ‘answer’, this newly changed life is basically a new life in and of itself. This new life is at least slightly different from the old life and, as a result, has a new subjective truth to it. This effectively renders the previous ‘answer’ worthless, perhaps having never existed to begin with. This in itself proves that the ‘answer’ cannot be found in the constantly active ‘life’, but only in the static ‘death’ where the constant, static world is unaffected by a person. Despite this, the ‘answer’ holds no meaning after death and cannot be communicated to the living resulting in the same lack of ‘truth’. As a result, I’ve found that I’m unable to submit my answer to this lifelong assignment, and that to do so I would have to no longer be considered ‘alive’. I apologize and would like to request an extension; preferably to sometime in the late 2070’s.>GET ANSWER