Religion or Socio Economic Status in shaping an identity? (Socio Economic…
Religion or Socio Economic Status in shaping an identity?
Identity is the fact of being who or what a person or thing is
Can apply to a country or company too
In society, there are many religions and different religions have different practices and different relationship with our Gods
Shapes a person Identity?
Yes and more permanent...If you are of a religion that practices peace loving and kindness, these traits follow you wherever you go. Having a belief system based on religion ensures that one makes the right choices. That defines a person.
It does not change from job to job or role to role.
Not applicable for a company or country
More applicable to individual identity
Socio Economic Status
Social standing or class of an individual or group.
Related to income and recognition in society.
For example, doctors usually have a higher economic status than others as they are considered high income and elite of society.
On the other hand, hawkers may have high income but they have low social economic status. The barrier of entry to be a hawker is low whereas becoming a doctor requires highly skilled training and education. There is also a professional body which governs all doctors which is the Singapore medical council
Shapes a person?
Yes but...not permanent.
social economic status usually is related to job, title, and income. These are what society terms as successes and ones identity. The moment you lose any of these, you become unsuccessful and loses identity. In contrast, religion helps to shape a persons character. This is everlasting.
To illustrate my point, in a job, if you are a man of authority like a director of a department and if you quit or change your job, your identity as a director is lost. For example, my dad used to work in HP as a business director. When he changed job to another company, he lost his title as a business director to become an account manager.
More applicable for company or country
A company’s identity is defined by how successful they are in the market place. For example, the number of sales a company has done in year and a company’s revenue performance. For a country’s case ,it is the country’s GDP. All these are social economic factors. Religion has little play in defining how successful a company or a country is.
Singapore became one of the 4 Asian dragons in the early 1990s primarily due financial achievement and this defines Singapore at that point of time. Last year, Apple became one of the most valuable company in the world due to their stock price.