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Why are global and everyday actions rated differently by people in different countries, cities, neighbourhoods, schools?

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Zlatan Camo Tok Essay 23rd of Oct "In order to truly understand the world, one must understand the filters through..." Why are global and everyday actions rated differently by people in different countries, cities, neighbourhoods, schools? Even a simple conversation between two people can be understood in several ways by the listeners. So why is it that everyone hears and sees facts differently than they are? Experience, reason, emotion, and language are the main filters through which we perceive our everyday world. Experience is a continuous lesson taught to us by time. Elderly people are said to have more experience than the young and the main reason for that is they have lived through more than the young. More correctly, they have undergone the same procedures several times, making their choice more trustworthy. For example, elderly people are often consulted when a certain item is to be bought such as an antique. The buyer asks for help with the assumption that his companion will know information about the article than him. To what extent, however can experience be trusted when a new situation arises? A war between two countries is a good example of experience being used to perceive the current situation. ...read more.


Reason is, therefore, the perception of the world through the eyes of conventional calculation and in this respect it is similar to experience. Experience, however, deals with anomalities more closely if they have been present in the past whereas reason concentrates on the current situation. Reason is stronger to the extent that it more accurate yet experience deals with the situations outside logic. Emotion is a different form of perception. It is based on the idea that subjective feelings control a part of the mind which filters reality. If country Y's citizen's feel love towards country X's citizen's, they might deny the fact that country X will attack even if it has done so in the past and it has been successful. Country Y's feeling of satisfaction with the current situation would over cloud its vision possibly to the point that people's minds will formulate false ideas to overcome their powers of reasoning. It has been observed through history that, due to emotion, one event has a chain reaction. In other words, the consequences of one event will start a serious of different ones. For example, a fight between two people will make one of them strive for revenge. ...read more.


The meaning of this quote is that all events are retold to the speaker's best interests and lies might be used for future benefits. How can language be made more objective? Even if a speaker doesn't use opinions and beliefs in his speech, he/she is still choosing which events are going to be retold and which will be left out. In this respect, seeing an event and being a part of it is the only case when it can be perceived adequately. Once perceived and retold by someone, the event will undergo the filters of experience, reason and emotion of that person. In this respect, language is a tool used for communication and the memory of an event will always be filtered by any person's mind which will make it less reliable once told to someone else. In conclusion, reality is perceived by everyone differently due to their past experience, reasoning, emotions, and language. A mixture of these four elements serves to provide a different opinion to every event that takes place. Objectivity could perhaps be reached when these four 'senses' are removed both from the speaker and the listener of the story. An event being seen first hand without secondary data being told to the speaker would prevent the speaker to draw conclusions from it. ...read more.

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