TOK Journal Entry #1

To what extent are beliefs dependent on individual intelligence?

On the first day of TOK, the class engaged in an activity based on opinions. The room was divided into four options: agree, disagree, strongly agree, strongly disagree. A statement was placed on the board and everyone in the class had to pick one of the four choices. As the class divided up and scattered themselves between the four options, I realized how distinct and divided each of my classmates are. Though I knew that we all had differing perspectives on major global issues, I didn’t know that our basic perceptions of value in life and personality varied so greatly. A group of kids with a similar education and constant interaction had such unique insights on the topics that seemed to be the fundamentals of an individuals beliefs. While discussing in our groups I realized that their reasoning was often based of off a logical deduction rather than a personal experience. This reminded me of a time when I was in Sunday school. A boy had a conversation with the teacher and revealed that he believed in incarnation. He said that it didn’t make sense to him that we went to a flawless life and instead God would make us into a important species (serving as heaven) or an insignificant species (serving as hell). Though we had received a similar religious education our beliefs varied due to our individual experiences and intelligence. We both went to the same church since we were kids but our understanding and perception of reality was based upon our individual logic. He was not satisfied with the explanations he had received and had drawn his own conclusions based on his logic. To me, the information made complete sense and I accepted what I was being taught. These experiences reveal to me that beliefs can vary on any and every scale. In addition, I learned that you can never have full knowledge of a topic, there is always another aspect and another questions to be investigated.