Two Types of Personal Knowledge – TOK

When I was only four years old my parents signed me up for tennis classes during the weekends. This is when I developed my practical knowledge in the specific area of tennis. I learnt how to hold a racket, swing my arms, the moves required to perform a backhand and a forehand, the correct way to place my feet on the ground for each hit. As the years passed by I began to be more confident playing tennis, I started playing during week days after school, my forehand began to gain strength, power, the balls wouldn’t go outside the court as I hit them. I began to gain control over my shots, I slowly moved up from class to class until I reached the point where I was 11 years old, played 9hours a week of tennis and I could fully control all my hits, volleys, backhands, forehands, my serves. These few years of my life allowed me to learn tennis and enabled me to play with accuracy.

As I began to play matches and compete against other tennis clubs, I continued to extent my practical knowledge. I recall the day when I first sliced my shot. It was a tough match, the girl I was playing against was clearly more experienced than me, she made me run from side to side, front to back, there was one shot that I barely reached, accomplishing my first sliced shot ever. However, during the matches is when I started to develop a different type of knowledge called knowledge by acquaintance. It is when I began to learn to be strategic, I learnt to focus on the weaknesses of my opponent and use them for my benefit by, for example, if her weakness is the volley and she is a slow runner, I just have to hit the ball close to the net and then I would have a guaranteed point.

The knowledge of experience, or by acquaintance I have developed by doing tennis is something I can use in other areas. I have learnt strategy, and I, a person who wants to be a business woman, strategy is key to succeed. Whether I need to come up with a strategy to enter a new market as a company and many different other aspects in life.

Truth, Modernism, and Postmodernism – TOK

To what extent do you “care whether your beliefs are true”

-Bob Korn

Through out my whole life I have been told what is right, what is wrong; some people have tried to guide me into believing something I do not believe in. If I were to tell my grandparents that I do not fully believe in God, they would tell me that I am wrong, that I went to a Catholic school until I was 11 years old, therefore it is imposible for me not to believe in God. Imagining this scenario has allowed me to come to the conclusion that no belief is true, as Bill Kynes said in the video, “there is no unified perspective on truth”. The meaning behind this quote is, everyone has different believes and the concept or idea I may think to be true could mean the opposite to others.

A personal example is, I believe Spain is better than other countries in many aspects. However, even though this statement feels very true to me, the fact that it is a subjective ideology based on the emotional connection I have with my country, does not make it an universal agreement. In fact, a great percentage of the world’s population believes their own country is better than others; this is due to the fact that we are all proud of where we belong. Merkel, the German presidents said to believe Germans are the ‘superior’ race, there were Crusades because people believed their own religion was true and wanted to induce others to believe the same. We all have different beliefs, and it makes each one of them true, as long as they are morally and ethically correct.

Everyone is born in different countries, grow up in different cities, surrounded by different people, learning different things. We are all perfectly capable of discarding information we believe to be false and accepting what feels to be true to us. We all have different morals, perspectives, paradigms and ideologies. Therefore I care whether my beliefs are true to a lesser extent because it does not matter if what I believe in is not true to others, it is true to me.