TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

The "family" is the most over-rated, hypocritical social structure that we have. The roots of most social ills lie within the family

Inequality, gender bias, favouritism, abuse, fanaticism. White-washing and "fakebooking".
Look closely at your own and say it is free from any or all of this.
Blessed is the person who can put her/his hand on their heart and say - my family is not any of these things.


Closing Statement from Ishika Ghose

The first person who must learn is I myself! Insight.
I must try and learn from this "conversation" how to put my "question/idea" in a way in which most people can understand the question first ---- without taking offence, becoming defensive or analysing my reasons for questioning.

What was also interesting and partly expected were the very very angry responses I had from one of the earlier contributors Edward Long.There were times when I felt I had offended him personally.

The idea per se has not evolved/changed in any way as a result of this conversation.
Perhaps because I was looking for more people who would accept the idea itself rather than ask for solutions simultaneously.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    May 2 2013: Family being the first structured unit towards forming society, your proposition seems have some merit...with varied degree in the socio-cultural backdrop one is living.

    Say in countries where monarchy is in place....the FAMILY has got highest importance....that being said even in so called democratic countries we see the political leadership follows family tree....

    However, what I feel in the dawn of formation of society some other societal structures / authorities became more prominent over family e.g Religion, Cultural influence, Community Pressure Group, even legislation of the state etc. So in such case even if a "family" wants to do something in contrary to what the other forces of society think or believe , "family" will fail to execute.

    I am giving an example , I know a number of families around me who accepted the inter-religion marriage of it's members ....but in broader society that has got no acceptance even in this era !!

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.