To understand what a term means, it is always good to start with etymology, that is, the origin of the word. Like many other German words, the word “social” comes from Latin, namely “socius”. Some of the biker scene may be familiar with this term: the passenger there is the passenger, and “socius” is also called “together” or “connected”. But how can the term be applied to other areas?
This means “social” in daily life:
- In daily life, everyone can behave socially. This means that you have an eye on your fellow human beings and are helpful. It is social to clear the square of an old woman on the train. Honorary offices are also regarded as very social.
- This is also expressed in the name “social organizations” for associations and other associations that take care of people in need or animals.
- But not only in daily life, “social” means something important, but also in politics. For example, Germany is a welfare state, which means that society is also there for weak members. This is expressed in donations such as unemployment benefits, but also in the procurement of nurses for children.
- The economy is also social in its own way: everyone knows the term “social market economy”. Here, an overall social progress for society is to be achieved through economic efficiency.