Sociologist Robert Merton described this path of rebellion as one way to adapt to any blocked opportunity. Unlike other ways of responding, rebellion is a group response, looking to replace the typical goals and institutional measures of an unequal system.
As the ‘system’ becomes so big that it is no longer flexible enough for many, it is inevitable that some people will find it does not hold the answers it promises. Ignored, at the end of a tether and disillusioned, they turn away, unnoticed by this behemoth passing over them. Instead, they find practical activities within their control, for their own community.
According to functional analysis, this indicates a society failing to maintain itself. Those who no longer benefit from society stop blaming themselves and respond by taking a stand, which challenges the stability and perpetuation of that social system.
It was your smile I saw through my lens. That’s what unlocked my attention. I noticed, the universe shifted imperceptibly, irreversibly. It happened in slow motion, I can still remember every tiny breath of the moment.
I lowered my camera, I didn’t take another photo that day.
If I say “I love you” I mean I love you unconditionally. Not that “I love you” for who you are now. I am more than in love with you, being in love means in love with you now, “in” the present.
If I say “I Love You” I mean I love you now, and for who you were in the past and who you might be in the future …
If I say “I love you” that is what I will mean.