The ways of knowing are sense perception, emotion, language, reason, faith, imagination, memory and intuition. In this passage, I will select and compare two of these ways of knowing, in order to determine which one between these two are more likely to lead to the truth. The two ways of knowing that I’ve decided to compare are memory and faith. To determine which one of these two is more likely to lead to the truth, a definition of truth is needed. According to Britannica, truth is beliefs, thoughts, or propositions that are said, in ordinary discourse, to agree with the facts or to state what is the case.
Faith is believing in something or someone specific; therefore, faith can be expressed in many different ways. In most cases, faith is expressed as religions and ideologies, and there can be many different ones, as they differ from culture to culture and from individual to individual. This way of knowing can be very personal and very truthful to many people; however, can faith usually lead to truth? Faith usually makes you believe in dogmas, so it might prevent you from thinking critically about something different from them. However, some principles stated by ideologies can lead to a unitary vision and respect of the rules in regard to each other’s well-being. Therefore, faith can be interpreted in many ways, and it is up to an individual to have it or not and in what. Faith can often lead to a personal truth, but an overall inexactness due to personal or religious beliefs.
Memory is the ability to remember things such as experiences, people, names, and information in general. Memory can provide us with stored information about anything that we might have been through in our lives that we can remember. Memory can only provide us with partial information on something; for example, a person will not remember every single thing he or she did throughout the day, but instead, will only retain events that were more relevant. This might usually lead to the truth on certain aspects and unreality on others. Memories also tend to change over time, which also causes an individual to believe in something that is, in fact, not entirely true. Though this is likely to happen, memory is essential in our everyday lives, without memory, we wouldn’t be able to do anything more than once without problems and is also crucial for our personal connections to others. Memory represents facts, and events that actually happened, therefore, are based on evidence, and it is a vital way of knowing, which often leads to truth.