The Trend toward Social History among University Scholars

Perhaps Marx is an ultimate bookmark and emphasizes true social points because he wrote of economic goals. He discussed the financial demands on humans and since has been either praised or shunned by many in the academic communities. Various theories can be attributed in part to Karl Marx in all academic fields and a variety of topics. Not necessarily based on his economic mindset, but instead on those who attempt to translate his writings today.

For example, In Marx’s theory of alienation, one line struck me as universal above all else. Marx stated, “Money is the alienated essence of man’s work and existence; the essence dominates him and he worships it.” Obviously, Marx is not referring to religion, but instead, he is intent on demonstrating the power of income production in respect to human life. Regardless, this statement is a clear portrayal and tends to be in agreement with the human attempts at monetization of daily activities.

Humans tend to spend more than we have the ability or time to earn. This limitation on earning capacity tends to overwhelm many and we are constantly striving and seeking ways to produce more income and at a higher than average or normal rate. It seems our professional life begins to overtake other aspects as we strive to accomplish more and more and in our lust to produce more in whatever activities we opt to pursue in our mode of income production. This brings about a sort of tug of war in a human’s desire, needs, and obligations of life that each of us must meet. The part of being a person with responsibilities and the manner with which our daily hours are divided tends to overshadow the interactions of life. While this could mean benefit, often times it is not.

As humans, the more we add to our plate, the more we need to produce income wise. By accepting a partner into a marriage commitment, or by having a child, we are each adding to our daily struggle rather than reducing it. Needless to suggest, the added obligations are not coupled with the additional time to meet them and as a result, the compromise of life begins. What can wait, what must be handled immediately and how to convince others to help and not hinder the process. Primarily, the bottom line becomes a juggling act as everyone is forced to toss all aspects of life into the air in hopes they can catch those portions, which are too fragile to survive impact or worse yet before they hit the ground running in the opposite direction.

While Marx is remembered and noted in history as an economist, many of his theories touch on social aspects which likely explains why many college professors often refer to him. Marx has written of the human desire for interaction and identified the means in which humans work collectively. Perhaps this lends to both Marx’s credibility and those in the academic community who refer to his writings. There seems a solid and undeniable distinction between two seemingly unrelated subjects. Take childhoold as an example.

If childhood is the framework and role-play for adult life, then, certainly college is a preparation for all things we call life. Although we think of it as a means to entering our profession of choice. Instead, it encompasses everything we take for granted. The phrase, “the big picture” suggests it best. In the same respect, Marx seemed to honor this relativity and ultimately he may be the first to recognize that life requires monetization.

Moreover, the good life as it has been referred by many, requires an optimum level of financial aid to sustain it. A balanced life, then, if there is one, happens when a human can find a way in which to satisfy all aspects, obligations, and responsibilities. Perhaps this demonstrates why university scholars and college professors tend to use Marx as an illustration and influence in today’s society.