In life, people always encounter moments, where they cannot verify whether it is true or false. These moments are the one who triggers debate and research. Truth and falseness ranges from the rate of relative to the absolute. But can we really say that there are no absolute distinctions between what is true or false? Our own opinions and perceptions are the reason why the question exists. Our brain decides from where we can see the viewpoint of things. Maybe it’s a coincidence that you and me have the same opinion. But it doesn’t prove that there are no absolute distinctions between the two of them.
That is why I’m agreeing with the statement. Explanations on why I decided to do so can be discussed in the subjects of AoK, such as the arts and social sciences. These subjects that I chose has proofs that can verify the statement. How beautiful are we as a human? And to what extent can people call something—or someone beautiful? This question always comes up when we see other people. In this world, people have their own perception of beauty. Some might find, let it be person A, beautiful, while the rest doesn’t even think that person A is attractive.
This discussion relates to our core topic, which is the absolute distinction between true and false. This subject of the arts is still impending for the standard of beauty, due to the difference in perception. Even scientists are still trying to figure out what makes people beautiful. Just like what the professor physiology and neural science at New York University said – “There’s just no way to know for sure” When it comes to facial attractiveness, we usually assess beauty based on specific features and biologically based factors guide.
Human beings can never be satisfied. They always want more. In this case, a lot of people tend to be unsatisfied with their current facial appearance and they strive to find the best way to make their self more beautiful and to be called beautiful. After a lot of searching, the medical team finally came up with cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgeries are performed to enhance a person’s beautifulness. Most cosmetic surgeries are done on the face, since it’s the body part that people took notice first.
The most common procedures are; rhinoplasty (nose remodeling), creating double-eyelid, face lifts, mammoplasty (changing the size or the shape of the breasts) and the famous “tummy tucks” (removal of fat in the tummy area). In 2009, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) had created a global survey to prove the dominance of plastic surgery in the world. They say that for the last ten years, liposuction was the most popular surgery procedures, representing 18. 8% out of all surgical procedure and the total numbers of surgical procedures are estimated to be 8,536,379.
Another tool for beautify ourselves is cosmetics or make-up. One can say that by doing make up, they can become more beautiful due to their emphasizing effects on parts of the face. Most women, like myself, tend to wear make-up on a daily basis because we’re too insecure with our natural appearance. My personal experience also gave me a lesson that when I use make-up, people would tell me that I look fresh and prettier. The two examples above raised debates throughout the society. Most people would love to go for a cosmetic surgery or full makeover to make them look prettier, but some people also have contrary opinions.
Doing such procedures to make you look prettier is the same as being a ‘fake’. Fake as in not being true to yourself and trying to be someone else. The fact that there are a lot people who try really hard to become beautiful (based on the statistics and personal experience) without knowing the standard of the beauty itself and people debating about it, we can now confirm the uncertainty in beauty. Another subject that got my attention is the occupation of a lawyer. Being a lawyer, you can’t just choose a client because you’re providing a service for the people who wanted to be defended.
You as a lawyer are obligated to defend them whether they’re right or wrong. But, is it against the morality to defend the wrong? This topic arises many questions regarding to the morality of the job. Most people believe that the constitutional and other procedural protections are for the unjustly accused or the innocent, and who is rightly accused should have no right to request a legal defense. One of the professors of the University of Alabama: School of Law had participated in a criminal trial as a consultant to the defense lawyers. He shared his experience through the university website.
He said that in his experience, he saw his fellow defendants still defending guilty people, and what amused him is that they knew that the suspect is obviously guilty. I quoted his conclusion on the being a lawyer, “Thus, the decision not to defend a criminal– because, for example, one could not live with the thought of being an instrument in releasing and exonerating a guilty person – is more a judgment of oneself than of the criminal. It is a recognition that one cannot, in that situation, overlook the badness of the acts that the person has committed in order to defend the goodness that is in the person, too. He said that he gave up the job because he could not cross over his morality and his beliefs too. From my own point of view, I think it is highly implausible if we have to defend the wrong. They committed crimes because it’s their choice. Although I do believe in giving mercy, I simply cannot comprehend the use of defending someone who’ve done wrong. If we defend them until we finally won, it’s like simply freeing a bad person. The explanation of my reason in agreeing to the topic is very well proven. I have contributed two of the AoK, which are the arts and social sciences.
From the beauty perception, we can learn that a lot of people strive to become more beautiful, without knowing the standard of the beauty itself. On the other hand, from social science, we learned that being a lawyer, they have to balance their morality and obligations. Because, when they’re given a guilty suspect to defend, they still would have to defend until the end, because they’re the clients. It is the difference opinions and perception of the people that led us to an uncertainty. Thus, there are no absolute distinctions between what is true or false.
1. Eileen Dombrowski, Lena Rotenberg, and Mimi Bick. Theory of Knowledge – Course Companion. N.p.: Oxford UP, 1007. Print. 2. Nessa. “There Are No Absolute Distinctions between What Is True and What Is False.”HubPages. N.p., 19 July 2011. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.