Homo Sociologicus
19 April, 2012
Homo Sociologicus

 

Our indigenous brand of Homo Sociologicus, as perceived by me on a personal level, seems to be fundamentally different from that of the rest of the world. On the one hand, this fact could be utterly flattering and beneficial, as all of us want and need to be unique most of the time; on the other hand, it might be totally detrimental and disastrous, for we all suffer from our individual peculiarity every now and then.

 

Socially speaking, we are different

from other peoples of the world with our intense sense of responsibility and dedication in friendship. Friendships are obliging us so much that a full-time serious job might seem to be a regular sinecure compared to what we are capable of doing for our pals. Buddyism (coined from ‘buddy’) is elevated in Georgia to the level of utmost accountability and dependability. Friends here need most of our time, energy and money. Here, you cannot afford to be out of friendship. Friendship is not a regular pleasure here – it is a heavy cross to be carried with pride and dignity as long as you are alive. A lackadaisical friend is a bad friend in our culture. If you are accidentally noticed in and exposed for casualness and unreliability in social life, you better think of changing the customary habitat because the setting of a failed friendship might no longer be quite favorable for further habitation. We are overly strict and stringent in evaluations of a talent for friendship. And we are social nonentities without our friendships. We have an instinct and inclination to be nursing those friendships right from our infancy. Without our childhood cronies whom we have known since our preschool years we look as if we are aliens from other planets. The company of our friends is omnipresent and ever-anticipated. We feel for them and they feel for us in matters trivial or grave the same exactly way. We hurt easily if associates fail to be as good as we expect them to be. Our social and personal vulnerability, connected with the quality of our friendships is intensified to the extreme, which often makes us feel tired and exhausted. Society knows us through the company we keep, and our niche in the society may never be carved constructively if we have not nursed in ourselves favorable level of sociability. The adequate membership in the society could not be guaranteed if we are not surrounded by those who care about us. It is a must to socialize! Some of us even maintain lists of friends — short and long ones — in order for us not to forget the circle-insiders when it comes to inviting them to jubilee events, wedding celebrations, baptism parties or funeral repasts. Failure to remember a friend in those cases might end up in truncating the list forthwith. If we perceive a society like a social tissue, then our friendships are like veins which need to be kept clean of clogging residues because the contaminated veins might be threatening to our social lives, if not lethal at all.  Social life in Georgia has an amazing power to let you survive or turn you into a spiritual bankrupt in case of an aborted social success. You better be an efficient socialite! Friends matter here, and they play a role without which life will definitely become devoid of a hope to survive. Is all that beginning to wane away in Georgia? I don’t know. I will not be surprised if somebody wants to answer ‘yes’ – after all, we are part of the globalized homogeneous world, making us look as others in many different ways. (Look for Homo Economicus in the next issue!)

 

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