The Process of Knowing Essay

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It is human nature to take things for granted. Once we have something, we get so used to it that it isn’t amazing anymore. Even if we lose this “thing” and regain it, we cannot replicate the same reaction that existed when we first obtained it. Why is this so? How is it something that is valued at a high level at one point and then, after a while, under-valued? There is no real change except for the passing time. For example, you may buy a brand new car that they had been anxious and excited about for months. They may continue with this excitement for a few days or even a few weeks. However, at this point, the excitement will decline. At some point, it will be seen is just a car that belongs to you. How is it that people can see the same thing in different ways? This phenomenon is known as seeing and knowing. The concept of how seeing translates into knowing can be a difficult concept to grasp because it is not attributed to any one thing, meaning that it can be physical or it can be ideological. People generally use their thoughts and observations to progress into their idea. They make their own thoughts about things that are not necessarily the same for everyone. For example, in Erlich’s essay Spring, Erlich came up with a large conclusion about life’s randomness and the individual. She says, “Spring teaches me what space and time teach me: that I am a random multiple; that the many fit together; that my swell is a collision of particles (TACE1, 30).” However, this conclusion about randomness may not necessarily be the same for everyone. This shows that everybody sees differently. This made me think, Why is this so? The reason that people see differently is because everyone is different. People have different visions based on their personality and perspective. This made me see the process involved in seeing that translates into knowing takes a direct hand in

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