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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Installment One Final Report

Kevin Andres
Dr. Phil Oliver
Introduction to Philosophy
April 11, 2017

                                                               How Can You Be So Sure

     Growing up I spent countless hours on the weekends with my mom listening to different Pastors. I thought would I learned at an early age was the was life was suppose to work. I thought that would someone told you was always true, and that you shouldn't lie no matter the circumstance. Certainly not to sin. I grew up a Christian and "God fearing" and I was afraid. I always felt as if someone was watching me. When I did something good I felt good about it. However when I did something bad I felt I would get in really big trouble. Even if nobody knew what I had done. I would get extreme feelings of guilt.  As I grew in age, moved out of my parents home, and experienced the struggles of life I questioned a lot of things. Taking this Philosophy class has taught me to do the same, but to go deeper. To ask why and how can you be so sure? How can you be so sure that Christianity and Creation is real when you have never seen with your own eyes? It's taught me to think more logically and to ask more questions. I know longer believe what the man/woman is telling me and think of it to be true. I challenge his/her questions and statements. You can't just have people that are for your views supporting you. If you aren't challenging with people with opposing views you will never grow in character because you are not challenged.
     I like to also think of Instagram and the social media presence this has on the younger generations to critically think and to be challenged. Take Instagram, a social media platform. The problem, you control everything you want to see! I only follow pages that support your ideas, your thoughts, and your views. If that's not the case, you click a button and "unfollow" them. It's no longer your problem. How will this form of communication relate to communicating "in the real world"? It doesn't. Kids of the 21st century aren't so sure of how to view things of serious matter other than funny memes, taking photos every 5 minutes of themselves. The lack of verbal communication and dialect is going to suffer. Students, kids are not being philosophers. They aren't communicating among themselves. Yet behind his/her phones and with photos for communication. Although technology, advertising and marketing will be at all time high. Communication, and intellect will be suffer. There isn't much of asking why? How? What If? It's not because they are so sure, it's because most do not care. To help make a difference a bring back talking to someone and acknowledging them. Put the phone down. Say hello, talk with people that you are surrounded by. Meet people, and don't be so sure. Don't be afraid to ask why. You never know what point of view someone else has until you ask. You don't have to entertain the idea/theory or even believe in it. Perhaps it makes your world bigger and opens your eyes a bit more, and that's what we need. Gain perspective from people that are different and will challenge your views. In turn you will grow and be of more character.

5 comments:

  1. These are very cool ideas and I definitely agree with the fact that you cannot grow without people challenging you. It is through confrontation and friction in ideas where you can really discover what you believe. Addressing your theme of
    "how can you be so sure" in terms of Christianity, I do agree with you that it is beneficial to question everything and not just blindly believe whatever your parents tell you to. However, the foundation of belief in terms of choosing to pursue a relationship with God is faith. What separates theologians from philosophers and scientists is the concept of faith. To go further on this concept of faith, the fact that there is or isn't a God is not a worldwide accepted fact. For someone to say that they know 100% without a doubt that there is not a God, is the same amount of faith it takes for someone to believe in God. Those are just some of the thoughts I had!
    But really interesting and probing thoughts here! Sorry this was so long:)

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  2. These are very cool ideas and I definitely agree with the fact that you cannot grow without people challenging you. It is through confrontation and friction in ideas where you can really discover what you believe. Addressing your theme of
    "how can you be so sure" in terms of Christianity, I do agree with you that it is beneficial to question everything and not just blindly believe whatever your parents tell you to. However, the foundation of belief in terms of choosing to pursue a relationship with God is faith. What separates theologians from philosophers and scientists is the concept of faith. To go further on this concept of faith, the fact that there is or isn't a God is not a worldwide accepted fact. For someone to say that they know 100% without a doubt that there is not a God, is the same amount of faith it takes for someone to believe in God. Those are just some of the thoughts I had!
    But really interesting and probing thoughts here! Sorry this was so long:)

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  3. "God is Dead"- Friedrich Nietzsche. Be your own person, dont put your life in the hands of something that doesn't exist. Believe and have faith in yourself.

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  4. "Put the phone down. Say hello, talk with people that you are surrounded by. Meet people, and don't be so sure. Don't be afraid to ask why. You never know what point of view someone else has until you ask." Great advice. Some of us (not just your generation) are showing signs of phone/social network addiction, but it's not too late to put down the phone. MIf enough of you model that for one another and for your kids, the NEXT generation will be alright.

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    1. *If*

      And actually, the kids of your generation will be alright too. Every generation commits its own youthful errors. I'm optimistic.

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