Writing I: Perception &Reality Fall 2011
Instructor: Adj. Lect. Jon Udelson
Rhetorical argument: Definition of Reality.
Imagine if people could have everything they dreamed of or desired; would that make everyone happy and solve the problems of the world? Now, would this be possible, not just in our minds but in reality. The question is, what really is reality as a whole and individually. No one can provide an official definition of reality for anyone but themselves. Yet, it can be said to be the state of mind in which a person lives in. Or in other words, living based on the way you see things and what they mean to you. Everything around you, what you see, feel and believe in, contribute to defining a person’s reality: and it’s different for every single human being.
The physical evidence is an important factor of reality. Something that is felt, seen or perceived can be said to exist; making it real because, it is there. You are able to touch it with your own hands, see it with your own eyes or prove that it is what it is. For example, a painting in a wall, there is no doubt that it is there, it exists. Nobody can argue that it is unreal because a painting is material object. However, what the painting means to people can vary and its meaning can be argued based on different points of view. Therefore, differentiating the reality of person a from person b. Even if two people can agree on the same meaning, it doesn’t mean it will affect them the same way. Even if it strangely does, other actions in each person lives distinguish their realities.
Science, which uses physical evidence to understand the world we live in, can help us understand reality. Science provides evidence and facts to explain and give a meaning to the world. Whether to believe in it or not is up to the person. Yet, there are still certain things that science itself cannot explain. This is an individual’s beliefs or ideologies came into play.