Monday, March 16, 2009

The Greatest Sociologists of all Time

The greatest sociologists ever to have existed were the ones who lived around the Mediterranean Ocean thousands of years ago. They were the sages who kept the Jews together while the Jews were captives first of the Babylonians and later of the Egyptians. These ancient sages certainly partook of the cultures of their captors, but also partook of the most advanced cultures on the shores of the Mediterranean, most notably that of the Greeks. Today’s Jews (and Christians) believe Moses was given the Ten Commandments by God on Mount Sinai. This may very well be the case. It is likely, however, that the Jewish leaders had been guiding themselves by the commandments while they endured and survived their servitude under their more powerful neighbors. Whatever happened at Mount Sinai was a culmination of great sociological significance that was underway already for many years. Anthropologists have often noted, in more than a few primitive societies, the development of tribal rules that reflect ideas embodied in the Ten Commandments. The most common primitive rules apply to ideas of ownership . . . which baby belongs to which woman, which man and woman are committed to each other, which house belongs to a family, which animal belongs to whom, etc. Ancient religions in India, predating Moses, contain many of the notions found in the Ten Commandments.

To deny the Ten Commandments a special place in law, or as a guide to the moral code of our nation, is short sighted and destructive. The reason given to deny a place in our society for the Ten Commandments is ostensibly to prevent the establishment of a religion by the state. In reality, what happens is the suppression of some of the most fundamental and useful sociology ever devised.

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