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We have eyes to see with, ears to hear with, why then do we err?

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Ajda Berryman TOK Paper 3 20 Nov 2002 We have eyes to see with, ears to hear with, why then do we err? We've all misjudged people and situations in life. We all believe some things to be certain ways and other things to be other ways. We even refuse to believe in things we do not want to hear. There are even such things as being blinded by love, for example when a girl falls madly in love with a boy who is not really interested in her but who is just playing games with her. She does not see the real truth. She does not see it because she does not want to believe it. We mentally shut doors to things that may hurt us and open them to those that bring us joy. Many do not want to face the truth because they are afraid of the consequences the truth may bring. Because of this, we make judgments that could be biased, or even false judgments. ...read more.


Another reason is interpretation, which sort of adds on to what was said about perception. We perceive things differently based on our own individual experiences. Certain actions may mean something whereas those actions may mean something different to someone else. For example, for one person, two people holding hands means that they are good friends. Another person may perceive that as meaning they are lovers. Sure, the common theme in holding hands is the showing of affection. However, there are individual definitions that are formulated that show the different extremes of the definition. There is also literature that can be interpreted differently. That is why some people may have certain favourite characters in one novel that another person may despise. It is all a matter of what we believe in. We read what is on the page with our eyes, but we interpret these characters differently based on our past experiences. Also, when we hear people whispering to each other in the corridor... different ideas may run through different minds. ...read more.


I think that the reason we make mistakes is because of decisions that we make voluntarily, and yet subconsciously, without realizing the consequences they can bring. We make them based on passed experiences but also because we take our eyes and ears for granted. We do not use them for the right purposes. Our eyes are the for us to see the fine details that are before us and to witness things the way they are supposed to be, but unfortunately we only witness those that seem important to us. Some people are very observant, because they see everything from the inside out. It is also the same thing with hearing. Some people have selective hearing - they only hear things that they want to hear. Yet, we are given these ears to use them to their full potential, to hear everything around us and to learn from what we hear. I think that if we use our eyes and ears wisely, we would make fewer mistakes. If we saw all the sides of situations, if we heard all the sides of the arguments, stories, etc..., we would make wiser decisions and there would be less errors made in life. ...read more.

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