12 October, 2013
Breaking the Social Norm
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). I did not know the importance of this quote until I had to break the social norm of communication. In my research project, I tested the reaction of my family, my girlfriend, and my friends by not giving them any sign of communication. This broke up good friendships, it sent my relationship on a downward slope, and my family stopped texting (well that is a positive thing). By breaking this social norm of responding when being talked to, not only showed me who my true friends were, but it also put me in a lot of bad predicaments.
In the morning, I always tell my friend, Brianna, “Good Morning! How was your night?” But on Thursday, I just walked straight pass her without saying anything. She was very upset that I did not speak to her at all. Matter of fact she knocked my bread out of my hand because I was not answering any of her questions. She honestly tried everything in her will to make me talk to her or even give her a nod. This was the only outrageous reaction that I received from any of my friends. All my other friends were just trying to make me laugh and were taking stuff from me so that I can react to them. They even thought that I was high and gone off of a top notch drug. Some even asked if I could supply them with some of the “products”. In a speech Dr. King quoted, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” The biggest problem I had out of my friends that Thursday though, was not saying anything to one of them about bullying and talking down on this guy that we did not even know. I felt like I was the one bullying him because I did not say or do anything about it. I just sat there and watched it happened like I approved of it. Oh, but the next day I yelled at him for...