Today for our class of Theory of Knowledge, we were asked to sit in an assigned area and to draw anything we were able to see from view, but specifically the items on a table that were set up. The teachers began handing pieces of paper, some which were big, small, torn or ripped and gave us a few pencils to draw with. After a few minutes of drawing, we were told to hang them up upon the wall. My initial reaction to this activity was that I found it to be a very unique and artistic way of learning about Theory of Knowledge. It was a very interesting to hear all the students views on each drawing and how their view restricted or helped them with their drawing. The activity was a very enjoyable way to get into Theory of Knowledge and something which I would not have expected to do.
When I began drawing my flower, I was placed in a uncomfortable position where I could not see the flower well. I had to keep moving my head around and all I could see was the tops of the table. The fact that I was very far away from the flowers also made me view it differently, as I could not see all the shapes of the flower very clearly.
When we all had our drawings up, I could see that not everybody had the same view or drew the same thing as me. I believe because we were sitting in alternate areas of the room, none of us had the same perspective as another person. Also, students with better artistic skills or worst eyesight had a different view as me, since those with a more artistic nature would be able to pick up on certain things of the flower while people with bad eyesight would not see the shapes or colors of the flower that well.
The flower and the picture are in a very interesting relationship as neither one can exist without the other. For example, the flower cannot be exposed to others with the use of the picture, while the picture requires the flower so that it has a theme. The picture becomes alive and vibrant with the flower, as it adds a sense of life to it.
The picture was missing a important element of sound and smell. Even though smell or color cannot be inserted within the picture, it still means that the picture will constantly lack a certain vivacity and life in it. The color and image do help to create a living picture, but without these two significant elements, the picture lacks that final passion.
I believe that to judge what is the best picture is entirely up to the judge or person. There is no way to judge which is the best picture for everybody, since everybody will have a picture that they will enjoy that will vary with other people. This is why there is no way to choose what picture is the best, as peoples feelings are not the same and that even if you think the picture you chose is the best, another person might not think the same as you.
There are many influences and factors that change my knowledge of everything and how I see the world. I firmly believe that the most important factor is your background and where you come from. If you have different backgrounds than somebody, their knowledge will polar opposites to yours. Another factor that can alter your knowledge is your current skills and attributes. As with the flower, people with better drawing skills did better than others, and this applies to knowledge. A person with a vast education will have a better knowledge than somebody with a smaller range of education. These factors can also change your view of the world. People who were facing different directions had alternating views of the flower. Similar to this, if a person is from a different place, this will affect their view of the world, in this case the flower.
In my case, the best refers to the one you enjoyed or liked the most. It was not the picture that everything saw as the “best” but is was the flower that you saw, with your own views, as the “best flower”. This is what I think “best” is meant to mean.