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Is the pursuit of knowledge worthwhile?

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Cassandra Stewart Period 7 Miss Madrid TOK Is the pursuit of knowledge worthwhile? Knowledge. What is Knowledge? How is it defined? Do you have it and if not how do you get it? How do you know you have it? Is the journey to finding the answers to theses questions worth it? Yes. I believe that the pursuit of knowledge is worth it and that the pursuit of knowledge is a journey each person takes on ones own. Each pursuit of knowledge for each individual is different because each journey reflects the person. This makes it hard to give an answer to this question because every person has reasons for believing whether or not the question holds truth. To try and explain the reason behind why I believe that the pursuit of knowledge is worthwhile is very difficult and complicated because there is no simple answer. I defined knowledge as the facts that were known by a person, but what is knowing really? To know something one must posses knowledge. According to the "Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind", knowledge is justified as a true belief. I think to fully understand this statement one must understand all the contents within the statements. Truth is logical and has meaning that is consistent with evidence, any and all perceived circumstances, and with other truth. ...read more.

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By recognizing what I had thought I knew as truth and developing doubt about the truth I had once perceived. From this I am able to distinguish between my knowledge and the knowledge of others. From the truth of others I am able to choose and take from my own experiences and create beliefs that are true to my own experiences. The journey to true knowledge is hard and sometimes scary because once I closely examine what it is that I really know I find that I do not know as much as I think I did. This can be devastating to some but to others such as myself who are searching for their own knowledge it enables us to separate knowledge from what is not really known. From separating these things it enables me to seek and strive to learn and experience things for myself. By experiencing things for myself and clearing the foggy ness that surrounds my knowledge, I am able to know for a fact that I have knowledge and be confident in the fact that I know what I am talking about, perceiving, feeling, and sensing is in fact my own knowledge and not knowledge of others as Descartes did. This is also similar to the story of "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato In "The Allegory of the Cave" a man is unshackled from the cave in which he had faced away from the sun only to see shadows. ...read more.

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of knowledge leading to better sense of self and the world around my self as I perceive it and not as other do. In my journey according to "The Allegory of the Cave" I am in the stage where I am questioning what is being told to me. I think for each person the length they spend in each stage of realization and gaining knowledge is different. The length of time spent in each stage also has to do with how provincial a person is and how willing someone is to learn what knowledge is to them. I feel that I have not reached the end of my journey and am not sure if I ever will but I will always be able to keep in mind what I have discovered as the knowledge to myself and continue on in my journey until I reach my own state of self actualization. To me the Journey is worthwhile. The journey is worthwhile because I am able to seek and gain knowledge as the man in the cave did , know for myself what I knowledge I really posses, seek to know what I do not know, and strive to understand what I had found to exist within myself as my own knowledge. Though doubting and trying to figure out what I thought was a fact I am able to continue along down the road to self discovery and actualization. ...read more.

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