It is important for a human being to be well aware of the society wherein he lives. He needs to have such a cognizance because it would be possible for him to understand his role, status, rights and responsibilities. In this way he would be able to play a positive role in the society.
Socio-political awareness helps the individuals in the society to make maximum use of collective life as it is through social life that human beings have made marvelous achievements. The tasks and accomplishments, which are otherwise impossible to be fulfilled, become very usual and are attained without much effort through cooperative undertakings.
Socio-political consciousness is not one of the qualities that exist within human instincts. It has to be developed within him through proper nourishment and inculcation. Socialization plays a very important role in this regard. Children who are born in a society do not necessarily become social in the real sense of the word. Especially in today’s society when the people have become very much mechanical and materialistic it is difficult to find children get easily associated with the social and political groups. Social isolation is widespread and social interactions are now maintained through technology. In such a scenario it is really important that children are socialized appropriately and this has to be inculcated in them that their relation with the society is of great importance and they have a responsibility towards the environment wherein they live.
Family can play a tremendous role in this regard. As family is the very first institution wherein human beings experience their social lives, the attitude, manners, thinking and ideas that are developed in the very beginning of family live are really very difficult to forget. Parents who are able to give proper time to their children and share love and affection with them have the capacity to make their children responsible social and political beings. Cooperativeness among the family members makes them realize how they can create synergies through collective efforts and make human beings truly human.
Schools, colleges and universities can also play a tremendous role, but ultimately it is the overall society wherein the individuals get their education and experiences of socio-political live. Therefore, they have to acquire everything from the society. There are certain ways that can be adopted within the societies by the individuals to develop socio-political consciousness.
One of the most important steps in this regard is to have the courage to play a role within a society in a constructive manner. Solution-oriented attitude can play a tremendous role in this regard. An individual needs to make sure that he has a role, in some way or the other, in the resolution of conflicts within the community or society. Some people try to avoid conflicts and remain limited to their comfort zone; however, such an attitude would never help them be a responsible being. Apart from the resolution of the conflict, an individual must strive not to let the conflict be built and go out of control. In short, he needs to play an active role in the conflict and stop hiding himself behind others in such situation.
For being socially aware it is necessary that an individual should enhance his sensitivity towards the social justice and harmony. He should have the capacity to judge others and their actions as per the demands of justice not as per their social status, appearance or wealth. He needs to understand what the basic rights of the human beings are and must strive to take care of them.
An important way of achieving socio-political cognizance is to have more information about the society around. It is important for an individual to know about the social issues and evils and try to play a role, no matter how small, in their eradication. Today, in human societies there are evils like poverty, racism, discrimination, sexism and some others; they all play their role in making human societies suffer. It is important for an individual to know them, accept them as issues and strive to oppose them in certain ways.
It is definitely easier to live a lonely life and always be confined to one’s comfort zone. However, it is really important for socio-politically conscious individual to come out of his comfort zone and be counted within the social life. It is also important that an individual should be the part of diversity, and must strive to intermingle with others so as to learn from them. It will also develop a sense of tolerance for others and supports in maintaining harmony.
Showing compassion and empathy can play an incredible part in getting closer to others and tightening the social bonds. Realizing the pain of others when they are hurt and understanding their position is really imperative to invigorate the social responsibility. Courtesy and responsiveness are also necessary in this regard. It is also important for an individual, who desires to develop socio-political cognizance, to be ready to listen to others and ask them for feedback regarding his attitude and behavior.
Nonetheless, it should be kept in mind that the boundary between what is social and what is personal should never be violated as it is one of the basic requirements of consciousness. Being overly social may disrupt the social bonds and affiliations, and may even generate conflicts.