Stephanie

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

What do you know for sure, and how do you know it?

Firstly, the interpretation of knowing something is a concept that is hard to grasp. A definition that needs to be understood is what it means to know something. A person can state that they know something but how would I be able to determine whether or not this fact is correct. If I were to google this information, who said that what google states are true.

I can say that I know something, someone, or how it works, but once  I peel back a layer or look at it from a different perspective. What I knew before may not be what I know now.  Knowing isn’t something that can be gathered, controlled, or held, it’s an ever-changing concept and a concept in which is being developed every second that a person is alive.

I personally believe that unless you experience it yourself, through the five senses, the percentage of truth that it holds cannot be determined. It is like someone saying that they saw a ghost and that ghosts are real; I cannot say that this is false, nor can I say that this is the truth. Only once have I experienced the same thing can I then say that I do know.

Furthermore, many people would say that they know for sure how they feel about something or their thoughts towards something. I truly do believe that this is all that someone knows, but it is an ever-changing feeling. Such personal thoughts are the only thing that I can say for sure that I know, this is because it is my personal opinion or thought, it’s not something that someone else can decide for me.

To conclude, one of the few things that I know for sure is that I don’t know “anything” for “sure”. I can’t explain why something actually is that. In fact, life can be a whole hallucination and I wouldn’t even know it.

1 Comment

  1. I think the way you start out is really great–you discuss the importance and relevance of actually answering the question, “what do I know?” and defining “knowledge.”
    The way you explain your ideas is also helpful because you use metaphors (like peeling back a layer) and personal examples (googling something) to explain your thoughts towards this subject.
    I think it is also important what you mentioned about how knowledge changes over time, as well as how our personal feelings and beliefs change.
    Because you mentioned that all you really know is what you feel or believe, I’m curious to hear about some more specific examples. For example, do you know how you feel about the universe? Do you know how you feel about other people? That would be an interesting addition to your response. (also great job! 💛)

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