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Should a knower's personal point of view be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge, or an obstacle to be overcome?

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PROMPT: Should a knower's personal point of view be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge, or an obstacle to be overcome? Shabnam Danesh Theory of Knowledge January 13th 2002 PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW: IS IT AN ASSET OR OBSTACLE? Each person's mind is not the same. We all think differently. I always find myself thinking that every person should be on the same wavelength because then we would all understand each other. But then, if everyone thought exactly the same, there would be no originality anywhere. Diversity in points of view is necessary for progression, yet it also causes disagreements between people. How do I know that people cannot think alike? Each person is influenced by a different area of knowledge that helps him/her to make and justify decisions. Different Kinds of People Have Different Points of View Why don't two people think alike all the time? It is a mystery that has been questioned forever. All people are raised in a somewhat different fashion, yes, but even twins think differently. This is because each person is influenced by a different area of knowledge. The six areas of knowledge are mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, ethics, and art. These fundamental areas of knowledge provide each person a perspective on issues. ...read more.


Knowledge is a human's subjective mind's perception of objective truth. If you don't have a point of view you can be easily influenced by other's points of view. An individual's personal point of view includes ethics and morals, which are personal standards of what is right and what is wrong. Point of view allows for a person to try to make the right choice based on his/her personal morals, not someone else's. Without a point of view, the person can be easily swayed into making a decision he/she does not really have an opinion on. This causes the person to be distracted from his/her quest for knowledge. For example, if a girl, who was a non smoker, was approached by a group of other girls and was offered a cigarette, she could do one of two things. She could have accepted the cigarette and or stuck by her morals and refused the cigarette. Personal point of view allows a person to make a clear distinction between right and wrong and keep him/her on track for the quest for knowledge. It also makes decision making much easier when one is stuck at a crossroads of options. So, in this case, personal point of view can be considered as an asset because it aids in correct individual decision making. ...read more.


In this process, however, the objective truth is turned subjective due to the amount of variance that goes through each part of history while being "told" by humans. Nothing is totally truthful. If it fits and is acceptable to most people, then it is okay for our limited minds. However, when it all comes down to it, the truth has been altered gradually to become our "knowledge". For example, who really knows what the ancient Egyptians were all about? History books tell us, in a nutshell, that they were polytheistic people who believed in an afterlife, curses, and mummified their dead. How do we really know that it was really them that did this? There could be a million possibilities of what they were like. There are many benefits and detriments of humans having subjective points of view. As a knower, I comprehend that people do not always agree on concepts and decisions. Subjective points of view allow for influence from areas of knowledge and the ways knowing. Things can be known through logic, emotion, perception, and language. Humans have the ability to share their different takes on things, which allows for much diversity. It would be a very different world if we all thought the same and knew all of the same things. It would actually be very scary. But part of human nature is to have different perceptions. Otherwise there would be no progression. The good always must come with the bad. Word Count: 1358 ...read more.

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