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January 25, 2010
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Is the study of human societies and social activity.
It's a broad discipline,
Covering a wide array of social subjects.

It asks questions, broad questions
Maybe questions that can't be answered
But I have my own questions

Such as:
Why do I hate the word “lover” with a passion?
Why does the shape of my eyebrows ­determine my mood?
Why do I feel sad when people tell me about their happy lives?
Why has the word “hope” become so hard to pronounce?
Why, when I look at the world, do I see a mess, a landfill?
Why can't I tell my dad, who is 7,019 miles away, that The President's Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining and Diplomacy is the worst gift I have ever received, including the solar-powered flashlight/radio he got me last Christmas?
Why does it feel like, as I get older, ­everything I thought I knew turns out to be completely wrong?

And most of all,
How will I ever solve the problems of the world
By studying sociology,
Until I can answer these questions?

Sociology is the study of society,
Of groups
Of groups of people
Of groups of individual people
And surely, I am not the only individual with questions.
The very individual questions of why do I feel happier when I am wearing clean socks?
Is not so separated
From the very broad questions of how does income affect the happiness
Of the people in our world?

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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