The Absolute: A Comparative Analysis

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Since human knowledge is relative, human beings consciously (or often unconsciously) dismiss the relative by creating an absolute. This absolute is created by an absolute which, by virtue of its human origins, is relative. However, it functions in both the practical and theoretical life of human as a genuine absolute. Thus, the absolute is relatively absolutized by the human person. Being simply humans we try to make sense of the inexplicable, but what do we really now and can we possibly know it? These questions are why we create absolutes, to make sense of the world and determine what is “real” knowledge. Absolutes are a simple minded way of thinking, there is no one way things can be perceived.
These absolutes create a large problem for
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To some if they haven’t seen it or experienced than it either isn 't real or it never happened, once again it circles back to subjectivity or objectivity. Are you willing to say something is certain or absolute just because someone tells you that “the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images, that is certain” or do you take on blind faith and the fact that you haven 't experienced anything else before (Plato 3). Is that all life and knowledge can be what is set right in front of us even though we haven 't searched but like 10 percent of the earth’s capacity. Just because we haven 't seen doesn’t mean it’s not real. This doesn’t mean that we have been given knowledge though as “universal consent proves nothing innate” because nothing is or will ever be universally agreed upon just as there is no one person is the same as another (Locke B). Innate ideas are created by people to try to explain how we know some things, but the problem is that if someone disagrees with that innate idea then it 's not true because for it to be true everyone has to agree upon the idea. That is the stipulation with innate ideas they have to be the same for everyone for it to be true. So how do you obtain knowledge, subjectively that’s how. Since it would nearly be impossible to have everyone agree on one thing to be innately acquired or to say all that is out there is what you can see if you combine the two ways and allow for some kind of give and take then it would be more plausible. This would also allow for the individual to perceive for himself what would be correct. Nothing would be forced onto the individual they would have their decision and own thought that they would base their own belief

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