Sunday, 27 April 2014

Black sheep are beautiful

Black sheep is a derogatory colloquialism in the English language meaning an outsider or one who is different in a way which others disapprove of or find odd, It’s also a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation.

The Black sheep can be someone who has been shunned by others, or one who has chosen to be an outsider, due to actions and aims that separate them from the rest of the people or "flock". A typical example might be a family member who has chosen to follow a religion or political belief  other than that of the rest of his family. He or she can also be known as freethinkers, nonconformist, individualist, and even maverick.
The term originated from the fact that the occasional black sheep will be born into a herd of white sheep. Black sheep were considered undesirable because their wool cannot be dyed, and there weren't enough to make black wool. White is the preferred color for wool as it is most easily dyed and thus easiest to market.

The phrase "white sheep" can be used to refer to someone who is the outcast of a group of criminals, e.g., one who is law abiding.

In psychology, a black sheep is the member of a rigidly triangulated family who holds the rest tightly together by being identified as the bad/sick/deviant one who causes all the family problems. In this situation, the rule enforcer in the family is charged with the job of controlling the black sheep from revealing the family secrets. The black sheep is seen as an outsider, but only because he is a teller of truth.

In my own family, I am the black sheep and truth is I have been for as long as I can remember. From the day I was born, my destiny has been to fill this position, not by choice but because it makes sense to question everything and everyone around me, and this has been the case ever since my earliest school days. At 58 years, I think it’s a bit late to change my ways now or ever and when still it makes much sense. I have to inform comrades, that being the black sheep is not all that much fun really, it can come with a very heavy price tag given the role of the family in capitalist society. In Marxist analysis, capitalism is based on the exploitation of workers through wage labor. The working-class family is the system’s economic unit, an integral part of the reproduction of capitalist relations. As a necessary component of the wage form of exploitation, capitalism imposes a sexual division of labour. Women are obliged to fulfill the wife/mother role in order to ensure the system a steady supply of labor power.  

The fact that the family is propertyless is all the more reason it is needed. The male worker is taught to identify with at least one element of bourgeois consciousness, sexism. He doesn’t own productive property, but he can imagine that he controls the family funds and is master of the house, even though in reality he is still only a wage slave.

The main role of the family is to serve the interests of capitalism.
Marxism is a conflict theory which sees all society’s institutions, such as the education system, the media, religion and the state, as helping to maintain class inequality and capitalism. For Marxists, therefore, the functions of the family are performed solely for the benefit of the capitalist system. This view contrasts sharply with the functionalist view that the family benefits both society as a whole and the individual members of the family.

first of all one reason in which the family does serve capitalism, is through the origin of the family. Engels argued that the need for the family arose when society started to value private property. With the rise of private property an organised system of inheritance became necessary. This serves capitalism, because if land and fortunes are inherited, inequality will be reproduced, in that middle class families can pass on more property to their family. Whilst the working class have little if anything to pass down to their family. This goes against everything to do with communism as they believe that property and earning should be shared. Therefore, this shows that the family serves capitalism. Engels also argued that monogamy arose. This was so that the farther knew who their offspring was, so that they could pass their property down to them. This has a clear link to inheritance, as the father can only pass down the property to his child if he is certain that they are his child, therefore monogamy in the family does serve capitalism. However functionalists such as  parsons or a beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar would reject Engels view of the development of the family. Rather than being a vehicle for the passing down of wealth, the family plays an important role in the socialising and stabilising the young into adult personalities - that is debatable? Black sheep are beautiful and this post is for my family who don’t have to fear the Black sheep as they think they do - just switch on the light and you may see clearly in such a way as to allow easy and accurate perception or interpretation.

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