Assignment 3 - Final Draft

Assignment 3 - Final Draft - Elorm Avakame October 7, 2008...

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Elorm Avakame October 7, 2008 Expository Writing 101 – Section LS Assignment 3 – Final Copy Examining the “Reality” of Reality How “real” is what we think of as reality? This is a subject that has been discussed for centuries, and will continue to be debated for ages and ages hence. Martha Stout, author of “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday”, believes that reality is a constant and that we, as humans, sometimes leave that constant reality and are transported to an alternate “false” reality by the faulty mechanisms of our brain. Robert Thurman, in “Wisdom”, teaches us that reality is ever-changing, and that we can never truly know reality until we brace this fact. He tells us that the struggle to discover the reality that the world tells us is constantly definable rather than being comfortable with the fact that we can never truly know who we are is the reason why many of us do not achieve peace and happiness in our everyday lives. Oliver Sacks, author of “The Mind’s Eye”, argues that reality is what we make it. He tells the story of numerous individuals that would, on the surface, seem to be hampered by their blindness, and how each of them deals with their handicap. Each story illustrates the ways that the mind can create its own reality and how “real” that reality is to the mind that creates it. As we consider these three viewpoints, there is little doubt that reality is a philosophical conundrum. However, it does not have to be so. Our realities are what each of us choose to make them, and cannot be defined by any external sources. Additionally, reality is not a constant; rather, it is constantly evolving. Simply put, reality is that which is experienced, that which is evident, that which is real. We cannot answer the question of whether or not our realities are actually “real” until we completely understand what the concept of reality entails. As a society, we recognize reality as that which is apparent, obvious, and does not need explanation. Reality is all there, all the time. It
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is unwavering and unquestionable. If an individual chooses to question the reality that we know, they must be mistaken, even delusional. However, maybe we’ve misconstrued the true meaning of reality. What if the word reality wasn’t meant to be a global, all-encompassing term that applies to everyone in exactly the same way? Maybe the creator of the word intended it to be an individual term, one that meant something different to everyone. Consider the word “hunger”. One who has not eaten all day may claim to experience a very palpable hunger, but one who has not eaten in close to a week would experience an entirely different hunger. Therefore, the word “hunger” does not apply to everyone in exactly the same way. Rather, it is applied individually, case by case. Similarly, perhaps reality is truly as we perceive it to be, meaning that whatever we
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