Family: Bonds of Blood and Affection
Family is one of the most powerful institutes of a society. If functional as a generation long social structure, it nurtures a closely knit society with indomitable social values: if not, a society may rise to great but hollow internal structures. With personal and professional discontent being rampant among its members as an unknowingly accepted social trend. Consequently, keeping in view the indispensable importance of a family in shaping an individual’s personality, and in effect the character of a society, every 15th of May is globally celebrated as the International Day to honour and understand the significance of a family in sustaining us and our respective societies.
Sociologists believe that from the time a child is born to when he begins to reckon with the world as an adult, family serves to be the very soul of his emotional and physical well-being. In early childhood the child strives to grab his parents and siblings attention by bringing toys to them, playing games with them, breaking things, or by insisting upon them being indulgent to his childish fancies. The consequent do’s and don’ts prescribed and the appreciative or admonishing gestures expressed, allows the child to employ his impressionable and eager consciousness to establish a social identity by recognising his familial values as practised by his parents and siblings to be his guiding star in determining what is right and what is wrong.
For a functional family often provides an ever dependable comfort for the overbearing and scattering emotions of that turbulent age, and protects their child from the world which demands to be compensated for the offences caused by the misdemeanors of a teenage life.
Moreover, sociological researchers have also confirmed that familial bonds also constitute to be financial security for one’s future. They urge the elders in the family to invest in the education of their young ones, when entering in their practical life. Such affections never let these elders withdraw their socio-economic protection from their children.
Keeping in view such functions of a family, it is believed that a society, enriched by a strong family system creates an awe inspiring affinity between all segments of its social hierarchy. A bond so powerful, that it essentially governs all aspects of an individual’s life living as a part of such a closely knit social system.
In essence, by making sure that we nourish our familial affections with all our heart and passion, our time and money, we can contribute into bringing about the change we all so crave for, not only in our own respective nations but by at large in today’s global society throughout the world. For the question is, if we cannot devote ourselves to our immediate families, how can we even think of being devoted to the welfare of our communities, nations, and the entire humanity?