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As a Social Science major I have learned there are three major theoretical approaches to evaluating society There is structural functionalism Durkeheim conflict Marx and symbolic interaction Cooley and Meade The glasses I chose to see the world through is functional Generally speaking I see though glasses that show the function of all things social After taking this course I realize that there is a functional aspect to using drugs andor alcohol but that there is such a great deal of inequality in who becomes and addict and what type of resources are there to help them with their addiction I come from a working-class white California family I spent twenty-three years in Northern California going to school working and being socialized My worldview is based upon biblical and functional principles I see the world as structurally sound This does not make it good or ideal but I see with glasses that take away emotion from situations and evaluate them as they serve some purpose I did not finish high school and started college in my teen years I was not exposed to the wide world of drugs alcohol or addiction Not that I never heard of these things but I did not get to experience them first-hand via a relative or close friend When I learned I had a worldview my world didnt change but my understanding of myself other human beings society and where I am in history and what that means changed enormously I learned something very useful and important about the way I perceive things and gain knowledge I learned about things I didnt know I knew Understanding what a worldview is however can bring vital clarity not only to what I believe but how I believe what I believe Understanding confirms what people believe their perspectives on life and human experience When I understand how a worldview functions in the process of people making sense of their
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