Belonging to a Society


I can explain what a society is and why it is important to be part of a society. 

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All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the unity of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God.

The human person needs to live in society. Society is not for him an extraneous addition but a requirement of his nature. Through the exchange with others, mutual service and dialogue with his brethren, man develops his potential; he thus responds to his vocation.

Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1878-1879

Discussion Questions


A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them. For example, think of a group of men who belong to a construction company, called on to rebuild after the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. They are called to do something that is “bigger” than them. In fact, what they are called to do is bigger than the sum of them as well. When we come together for a mutual goal, we can accomplish much more than we could if we were alone. We are all called to give to society in our own unique ways. Everyone has special gifts and talents to offer.

Ideally, society develops positive qualities in a person and helps him to grow in self-initiative and responsibility. Although we do not always see this in our world today, society ought to help guarantee man his rights.

Each community is defined by its purpose and therefore obeys certain “rules” of that society. For example, if you join the basketball team, you are expected to show up at all practices and games. If you are late to practice, the coach might have you run laps. If you don’t follow the rules of double dribbling or physical contact in a game, you might get kicked out of the game by the referee.

Discussion Questions

Activity 1: Social Experiment

Answer the first set of questions, then watch the video to answer the next set of questions.

Social Experiment.pdf

Activity 2: Society Writing

Take some time to think about today’s lesson. Then answer the following questions in a three- to five-sentence paragraph: