I was impressed by the quality of the reponses Will, Tom, Kirollas and Jack submitted to the last post. Fantastic work! And just between you and me, you’re right on track in terms of what and how you have to write for this outcome.
The content of this post is based upon ideas the four gentlemen above raised in their comments. As I read their words, I was constantly linking their ideas to things I’d seen or read; I want to show you how easy it is to gather and collect information in a ‘Context File’ (ie. workbook!).
I was interested by Will’s assertion that perhaps “one could argue that reality doesn’t exist.” Was he aware that this is the concept that keeps many quantum physicists up at night? We started watching this video in class, and it would be worthwhile to finish it.
Tom explored the idea that we look at people who are living ‘those dreams’ and we don’t really see the complete picture of their reality. We call it luck – choosing to believe that they haven’t had to work hard or long to achieve their dreams.
Jack questions our ablity to agree upon the ‘reality is a contruct’ debate – we can’t physically prove it. Yes, but we can’t physically prove (yet) many things that we are willing to accept as fact. Does that make it not real? His reference to Inception relevant, and useful. Here we have a world in which we can create the world of a dream – the reality of a dream. It’s relevant due to the ambiguity that surrounds many parts of the film: is this a dream, or is this reality? Where is the line? How can we know/be sure? Is there a line? I couldn’t embed this video, so please click here to watch the scene in which Ariadne has her first ‘architect’ lesson.
An interesting point that Kirollas made was in relation to age and wisdom. And I agree with him. As we age, one would assume that our knowledge of ourselves and our world increases – the way we see the world changes – and in keeping with what we’ve discussed, our ‘reality’ changes. What I think/hope the next video shows is this very idea. The boy can’t reconcile his view of his grandma with his father’s – but with more information and time he understands. His view of the world change (his reality).
I like this video also because it deals with ‘cultural reality’. The chinese have a term ‘xiao shun’ which means filial piety. Essentially, it deals with the way in which we treat our parents and older generation. It covers being polite, considerate, loving, and respectful. And it is a cultural thing. We don’t have a term in the Western world that so neatly sums up this idea. It is part of the chinese culture. It is their reality.