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Why do we err despite our sharp eyes and attuned ears? Because man is a lovely accumulation of limits and imperfections.

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Why do we err despite our sharp eyes and attuned ears? Because man is a lovely accumulation of limits and imperfections. Reality is consistent and permanently existent. We define it, in simple terms, as the way things are and work; it is the true state of the universe, our surroundings, and ourselves. In short, reality is a limitless truth. We assume too often, however, that what we believe to be real is truly real. We assume that the reality that we perceive is, in fact, the whole reality of things, rather than a part of it. This is where we as typical human beings begin to err. It is true that the reality of the world has the property of being understandable; there is a sense to everything-- to the planets that revolve around the sun as well as to the electrons orbiting an atom's nucleus. Yet, how can human beings who are limited mortals, completely know and thoroughly understand something as infinite and intangible as the reality of the universe? It would be arrogant and foolish of us to believe that we could grasp all of reality. Reality has the property of being understood and we have the capability of understanding it, but only up to a certain point for we are confined by our limits, while reality has no limits. ...read more.

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This is where reality comes into play again. When we have limited perceptions and distorting interpretations of our world's reality, we have limited knowledge of our world's reality as well. This limited knowledge will cause us to at times incorrectly respond to the world because we do not understand it completely. This means that we will make mistakes because we do not know what is the right decision to make. We attempt to interact and respond with the world in such a way that will benefit us. Unfortunately, our imperfections and limitations make us incapable of perfectly responding to every situations. For example, an American economist with bad eye sight reads the numbers of graph wrong. That is his physical perceptive limitation. This economist also has little experience, which cause him to interpreted the data incorrectly, and be even more wrong. That is his distorting mental interpretation. As a result this economist has limited knowledge on what is actually going on in the US economy and tells President that there should be a tax cut, causing a huge budget deficit. This economist has erred because he had limited knowledge and understanding, causing him to make the wrong decisions because he did know the right one. ...read more.

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He did not make any wrong decisions. He failed to turn in the essay, not err. However, if the student does not submit the essay because he did not want to write it, then he is erring. It is true that we err because we have limited knowledge. However, it is not because we have limited knowledge that we automatically err. In the case of the TOK student, he fails to print his essay because he has no knowledge on how to fix printers. He is not erring, though, because he does make the decision not to print his essay because he has no knowledge on how to fix printers. Thus, we err because of our limited perceptions, imperfect interpretations, and limited knowledge. As a matter of fact, we will always err because it is in our nature to make mistakes and climb out of the abyss of our errors. To not err would mean that we no longer had the innate imperfection that defines us as human. Yet, it is precisely because we attempt to surmount our imperfections and errors, to indefatigably search for the perfection that we lack, that we as imperfect beings have achieved the greatest feats. In short, our imperfections to overcome and without our errors to learn from, reality would be nothing more than a bland fairy tale with a happy ending. And wouldn't that be imperfect as well? ...read more.

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