Friday, September 17, 2010

Creating Our Own Reality

            In Walter Lippmann’s chapter on “The World Outside and the Pictures in our Heads,” gives the theory that humans create their own reality. Lippmann believes that everyone has his or her own pseudo-environment. Everyone lives in the same world but mentally live in different worlds based on their perception of reality.  I agree with this view because everyone does live in their own realities like people who are devoted to their religion.
            Plato’s “Allegory of The Cave’s”, main goal in life is finding the form of the good and to educate those with the right natures so they can find the form of good. You need to understand everything to understand anything and once you understand anything you can precede the path to the understanding of everything. He believes everyone begins their lives in a cave and education is the struggle to move as far out of the cave as possible.
            We are seeing illusions that are not real but because we have acknowledged them as such for so long, it’s hard for us to accept any other way. Plato believes that throughout our lives we are searching for the truth and we must rely on thought alone. Plato conveys is belief that people perceiving only through senses is ultimately an inferior form of knowledge.  In our modern age there still exist fires that cast shadows on our walls.
            This goes back to the idea that TV and Internet have polluted our senses and distorted the reality we believe in. When we watch the news or research for information on the Internet, we automatically assume that it is the whole truth because its hard to except that our only source of information would deceive us. The news is only focused on giving us half the truth and only report on things that increase ratings. But, knowing this we still rely on the media for information because that is all we know and believe. 

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