You know when get up, you have a wash and get all ready for the world out there, and this says a lot about you as a person, plus it sets the stage for what you believe about your self as well. You only know who you are when people tell you, oh you are a good guy, you are smart today and so on. Another person can also say, “You know so and so.. He is a good guy.” When people say that you are good, then you begin to unconsciously believe “I must be a good guy.” Now draw a picture in your head about a society waking up and presenting itself to the world. It is the same as you waking up. If the society waking up to the world does not take time to prepare well for the day, this is what the world sees that society as being. In other words we are who we are by our beliefs, character, our buildings, our home, our families and this is what forms our culture. Through our culture we maintain our identity and integrity of our country and present our people to the rest of the world. Now if you wake up one day and the government has changed a law on how to view and respond to your culture then you have lost something that helps you to construct and interpret the reality as well as deal with the world around you. I hope this gives you a simpler way of understanding what I wish to argue below concerning introduction of the new law in a society.Over the last few days I have seen a number of people concerned by the effects of the newly passed law on gay rights. Unfortunately, the voices were not strong enough and there is luck of a steady debate involving psychologists, sociologist and anthropologist as well as the church community about the prons and the cons. So I decided to develop my own analysis and understanding of how this law will affect the future of this society. The first thing to point out is that this law has great, social political hidden features that cannot be decoded even for the coming 10 years. It solidifies and allows one of the most controversial phenomenons to the main stream norm of the Norwegian society. In other words for example the stories and the basic socialization that tell us that a family institution is made up of father, mother, and siblings will be challenged. A social ethics teacher speaking of such a thing in the new setting can go to court for teaching something which is contrary to the law. According to sociologist, law helps to enhance behaviour and to make given previously not allowed or allowed behaviour permitted or not permitted. As a sociologist, I see law being a distortion tool that offers multiple levels of control that would not be available without it. Law start with a little step of legislation but the more complex work start when it comes to implementation and response to the law in practical situations in real life. Law have proved to bring desirable social political as well as economical changes. For example in America, the Black people and other minority have received a lot of acceptance and social, political as well as economic progress as a result of civil rights laws. At the current America election, a black man has been chosen to be the front runner of a major political party. This is great and positive change.
I believe that law can also prove to be deadly. They can become a point of conflict and division in an otherwise united nation. With the introduction of the concerned law we see little debate or protest from the Norwegian people. However this silence does not mean that all people unanimously support the said laws, contrary, and a good number of people I have consulted do not support it but they would better keep off the issue. Others are so indifferent to comment on it or so super-neutral to have any supportive or opposing views. To me, there are dangers in such a society. First, the people of Norway seem to be less and less detached to the issues that affecting their society. They have become a culture that takes almost anything for granted and without challenging it. Most Norwegians seem to luck a united front to respond to sociological issues because indeed they may not be sure of what they themselves believe at present and therefore they can not take any direction. Many are taking the direction being taken by their closest family or friends and no wonder Norway itself is taking the direction being taken by its closest sister nations. Further, I see Norway lacking challenges that inspire personalities. Great personalities are created by a great problems or a great controversy. A society that lack problems lacks great personalities and hence a culture of silence is generated. Nobody rises to face a giant when it comes because the stories of e.g. David Vs Goliath / Mandela vs. Apartheid and so on are rare. There is therefore lack of personalities who can take such important debates and issues by their horns and become symbols of the people’s stand. The problem of many years of peace and prosperity is that it leads to erosion of culture, family and community. It makes people to relax and unconsciously begin with the process of substitution of what they have with something else. That is to say, the greatest danger for Norway today is that the foundation and pillars that established this so good society are in the process of being substituted little by little. At the moment the margin of substitution has a positive intention but the process will increase because the consumption of what we have substituted with will depend on associated new laws and accessories to ensure satisfaction of the new order. In sociological terms, we can argue that if you are consuming two things, an increase in one of the other means that one of the two things under consideration causes negative effect on the other unless accompanied by equal increase of the amount of the other. Using this model for Norway, we expect there to be more family related laws to protect family institution as well as the new image of family brought by the new law, however, everything is easier said than done. In the next few years, I bet that Norway must be prepared to pay the painful price of the social impact of this laws that are casually being passed.