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“We see and understand things not as they are but as we are”, this claim shows how much our beliefs and experiences changes how we view the world. Our beliefs and experiences are what make us who “we are”, therefore this are what influence on our ways of knowing. Since the ways of knowing is what shapes our understanding of the world and views then we can see things as “we are”. Examples of this would be: “The needs of the many outweighs the need of the few”(Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), considering that a person believes in equal rights then this statement will seem logical. This is because the combined needs of the larger group will be much larger than the needs of the smaller group. Now think about the next quote: “that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not”(John 11:49:50). If a person has accepted the logic in the first quote then the second quote will also be logical. This means that the means of the many or nation should outweigh the needs of the few amounts of people which in this case would be the “one”. Nevertheless when we look at both of these situations with our emotion rather than using reason we stumble into a predicament. Using our emotion some people may argue that no matter how little the amount of people there are they should not be ignored and therefore the mayority do not always got to be the best choice. Now with the second quotation people may ask: “Who is that man? Is he good or bad?”. Those questions will affect if a person decides to sacrifice the man or not. One person could argue that everyone should be treated equal therefore no matter what the man has done he deserves to live as much as the other group. Now consider if the minority group where children and the mayority group would be old people. Emotion and beliefs will take a great part into deciding what person deserves to live. If someone really encourages the value of life he might not decide on killing anyone and let everyone...
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