Smoke Pot

Smoke Pot

The fact that your friend chose to not work for most of his life and depends on his wife to bring home “the bread”, we would consider him to be deviant. While it’s becoming increasingly common to see women in the work field and help bring home income, its still seen that the man Of the house should be the provider, this is where your friend is deviant, at least in my eyes. Most people, like your friend, don’t like criticism, we tend to just let it go through us or ignore it because we know that we need to work to provide or ourselves.

The fact that your friend wont work or even work for himself because he can’t handle criticism also makes him deviant, in my opinion you just suck it up and deal with it. But then when you know that your friend had pretty much built their house himself and gardens to produce most of their food, you see him as self-sufficient and not so much as a deviant person. Knowing that if he were to sell his house and it would go for something around $250,000, you see him as less deviant because in our culture we value eternal things and tend to look past what people do to make them deviant when they have nicer things.

The one thing that your does do that is seen completely deviant in our culture is smoke pot, and used to grow it. To him, he smokes to feel better and deal with his rage. But to people who view this behavior as deviant, we think that instead of resorting to an illegal drug, he should try talking to a therapist or try keeping a journal to release some of his rage and frustration, but like you said, he can’t handle criticism and there’s a psychological dynamic underneath it all that we don’t need to get into.

As we learned earlier in the semester, the big question to the social conflict analysis is “how does a given social behavior benefit some groups and deprive others? ” The fact that your friend refused to get a job, due to his internal issues, allowed someone else to have a job they needed, but it also deprived the world of his talent of making wonderful music (according to you). In my opinion, your friend isn’t a deviant person, he just participates in some deviant behaviors.

The way he chose to live his life to some, may seem irresponsible and wreck less, I believe that Robert Morton would have classified your friend as a retreats, he tried to do things the normal way but decided it wasn’t for him and he doesn’t seem to bother him that he Spent most of his life not having a normal career and developed a pot addiction. But to others, myself included, they may look up to your friend and wish they could go against the culture normative to live the life that truly makes them happy without having to regard what’s deviant or not in our society.

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