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Natalie Yu Tsz Sum (1155000186) UGD298U Meanings of Life Take-home Final Examination 1) A 7 th -century Japanese text says that warriors were taught “how to become invisible.” Is it possible that people could indeed become invisible at that time and place, or is this impossible? What does your argument imply about the nature of reality and about “fundamentalism vs. constructivism”? If you think that this is impossible, then do you think that human beings are becoming wise over the course of history? I think people cannot really be invisible in a certain time and space; they can only become invisible in a sense of being a hermit or living on a no-man island. As long as one is living in an interactive environment, he/she cannot be invisible and stay uninfluenced. We receive so much information from our society through all aspects, from education since young, parents teaching us the supposed values, social norms, to the mass media. They teach us values that keep the society moving (not necessarily progressing in the sense of improvement). Every member of the society must be impacted by those values and becomes bias, thinking his/her own learned values are more correct than other ideas. This can be defined as fundamentalism. Fundamentalist believes that there are universal truths for everyone. In terms of ikigai, fundamentalist believes in THE meaning of life aka one single meaning for everyone. Most religions hold fundamentalist views: they promote an objective truth theology; either you believe in the teachings or you’re just not on the right track. On the opposite end, constructivist thinks in subjective truth: if one believes in a certain idea, the idea is then true for the individual. In terms of ikigai, constructivist believes in meanings of life – everyone can have their own variety of meanings of life and nobody is wrong. The widely seen banner below shows a constructivist idea:
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Natalie Yu Tsz Sum (1155000186) UGD298U Meanings of Life Take-home Final Examination It expresses that any religion is just as true as one another for its believers, and everyone is right with his/her own personal choice. Each one of us in this society is more or less a fundamentalist. The most convincing illustration I can think of is the one given by Professor Gordon Mathews in the lecture – almost everyone in our society nowadays believe a great deal in medicine and that the effect of medicine must be the same for every person. Exceptions pop up occasionally in the news saying some people due to religious reasons do not believe and reject modern medical treatments. These people however are still fundamentalist as they believe in their own way of healing and do not buy into medicine. Our society is contradictive in this sense. It has be teaching us the values and virtues that we should be tolerant and accepting towards those who are indifferent, yet for the cases mentioned above, parents who do not believe and reject modern medical treatments on behalf of their children out of religious reasons are to face charges according to the US law.
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