We See and Understand Things Not as They Are but as We Are

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Theory of Knowledge

“We see and understand things not as they are but as we are” Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing.

Name: Carlos Hill Quinta

Candidate Number: 0650 035

Word count: 1,495

People are aware of reality just how they see it and how they live it. People perceive things how they understand it which sometimes can lead to conflicts and discussions on the fact that each person can perceive things differently. One way speaking people perceive and understand things by using their five senses: seeing; hearing; smelling; feeling and tasting. People can have different perceptions of reality by means of drugs, diseases or some kind of sense deficient, such as blindness, deafness or muteness. These normally can affect people’s understandings of things and situations. People also understand things using intuition which generally means that they guess or estimate things as we look at them or imagine them. And this certainly reflects on what the claim says: where, we understand things not as they are but as we are. I will be discussing this claim in relation to two ways of knowing: perception and intuition. I will consider reality in a way that people perceive it as they are and not how reality is present to us. I will do this giving an example of self experience in class and using facts of real life situations.

People behave and decide to believe in what they want to believe considering their experiences, cultural baggage and beliefs. In terms of perception and how people perceive things around them, people with some sort of problems with their senses are not able to understand things how they are but as they think they are using their other senses to help them understand things their way.

For example a colour blind person will not understand the colours of objects as they are but as the person perceives it. It will affect the way the person identifies things and people. Also imagine a deaf person, will not understand things as they are, but as he understands to be, looking at gestures and mouth movement, which could probably lead to a wrong understanding of situations. Also considering Art as an area of knowledge, blind people will have to depend on normal citizens to help identify Art. This will definitely be understanding things not as they are, but depending on the person who is trying to perceive it. Of course when people have some sort of problems with their senses they will still be able to perceive things correctly due to the fact that they can use their other senses to figure out what the things are. That can happen with a blind person, which leaves them to depend on others and on the other people’s perceptions.

This of course happens to every person that has certain problems with their senses, but with ordinary people it turns out to be quite different. Generally speaking people think that they perceive and understand things just how things are, and not how they are as a person, because people in general are objective and consider things just how they look. Therefore when you look at an object you can immediately identify what it is, what it is made of and for what’s it’s used. This is why we can see thing as they are and see the world as it is with no contradictions or disagreements in terms of identifying things. It is said that it is society that determines how we see things not the individual, because civilization and society build up rules and concert definitions for everything we find today.

People have different opinions from each other about different aspects, which in fact make people different from each other and make some more successful than others. Society in general can be divided into two very distinct subcategories: some are called ‘reasonable ones’ and the others are the ‘Emotional ones.’ Where the reasonable ones can be considered to be ‘Business men’ and the emotional ones, ‘Artists’. Both with a very distinct perception of reality and how...
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