The reading for this week, The Promise by C. Wright Mills focused mainly on the way that society and individuals interact, and are dependent upon one another. Mills started off by explaining the man and how he feels trapped within his own private life. Mills believes that the individual cannot understand his own life, or his role within society as separate ideas, they must occur together. He puts forth the assumption that many people do not have the capacity of mind to understand the way that their problems and the rest of the world are connected. To help explain this better, Mills distinguishes his definitions between what he considers a trouble and an issue. Troubles, he says, have to do with oneself, while issues are matters of the public, and the greater portion of society. Our troubles can affect societies issues, and societies issues can also affect our personal troubles. He gives a few examples of this, one being the issue of unemployment on both a private and public scale. When a few individuals are unemployed out of many, it is a personal trouble, as it really doesn’t affect society on a large scale. Those people may just lose a job. However, when many people are unemployed, it becomes a public issue because it effects the greater society and economy. He believes that being able to possess the “sociological imagination” can allow an individual to discern between what is an issue and a trouble. Although Mills believes that it is important to think sociologically about problems that we come into contact with, he does acknowledge the fact that often the more we learn and understand about how the world around us links to our personal lives, the more trapped we may begin to feel. While reading this passage, I found myself thinking deeper in regard to my life, current situation, and the things that I have personally seen and experienced. As Mills points out, the view of the “man” is often restricted and narrow in regard to the ideal that he takes things often at face value, and thinks that what is on the surface is often what he believes he receives. Many times, I have heard opinions expressed by ordinary people concerning the issues of the world based solely on how the individual believes that it affects them. Many people seem to view the world the way that they comprehend it, and the way that they want it to be comprehended. The idea of obtaining a sociological imagination is capable of taking this level of comprehension even further, where watchful reflection and logical thinking is utilized to force the individual to appreciate the place to which he belongs to a greater extent. Oftentimes I find myself making decisions, or assumptions about the world only considering my situation, and not the people I share the area I live in with. I think that this is something that is easy and convenient to fall back on, is especially common with people of my generation. I do believe that it is human nature to strive to put ourselves first when thinking, questioning, or making assumptions about the world we live in. I think that is important to think sociologically when making decisions and assumptions about the world. This passage seemed to be a straightforward and simple introduction to sociology, and I feel especially connected to it as it exemplifies the way that we, as college students, will be expected to think going out into the world and the workforce, realizing that our actions have impact on more people than we may realize, and realizing that the issues of society affect our personal troubles. Learning how we fit as puzzle pieces is beneficial for everyone, but I believe that learning to think logically and in regard to society is a topic that my generation especially especially tends to struggle with, as we are a generation that tends to be very egocentric, and all about ourselves. I think that possessing a sociological eye will help to provide everyday citizens from all generations to sort the information that is presented to us on a daily basis, and ensuring that everyone can be involved in the society in which they live. Understanding that our beliefs and the people we have become are formed from specific events throughout history will help to understand where we have come from and how our troubles can relate to the issues of society.