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Autumn Lucas

September 19, 2014


English 102
Maya Alapin


Embracing Change

Embracing change and refusing to accept limitation that have been set on you can
open you up to endless possibilities. It is equally as important to insure that your own
actions, behaviors and habits arent hindering your personal growth. By expanding your
knowledge and being willing to consider new ideas and concepts it can help improve all
areas of your life. Knowing that our society is constantly changing and improving it is
always best to consider how you can contribute to the growth and also the stability of our
society through the constant improvement of your education. Education is the driving
force of our lives.
In Platos The Republic in the allegory of The Cave we see strong a point about
education being made. The story of the cave basically tell a story of people who from
childhood were chained in a cave and the only view they had and alternative forms of life
they even knew was based off of shadows from the people, things and sounds that passed
by. One of the three men were freed and allowed to experience the life that he had only
previously saw shadows of. He takes us through the transition of knowledge and the
challenges that the man in the cave faced along the way. Often times when we are taught
something, we have a hard time processing the changes that have been made to our
original view. The man in the cave experienced the same thing with not wanting to take
in the sun and reverting back to the light from the fire. He said and if forced to look at
the light it would hurt his eyes and hed turn and run back to the things he could see and
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believe that they were in reality clearer than the ones pointed out, pg. 176. We often
times revert back to what we were previously thought rather then considering that the
new view could actually be an improvement to what we know. It is important to at least
consider new ideas and views because it allows you to possibly expand your ideas as well
as contribute to new things to come.
In the book, A Whack on The Side of the Head Von Oech, Roger. A Whack on
the Side of the Head. Vol. 58. New York: Warner Books, 1983. It give reasons why we
place mental locks on our thought process when considering new or different things, it
says, The second reason why we dont think something different more often- most of us
have certain attitudes, which lock our thinking into the status quo and keep us thinking more
of the same. Now that we are made aware that not only society as well as our own
actions can hinder our growth it is important that we continue to push ourselves self in
regards to education in order to improve everything going on around you. The author
states that, it is no longer possible to solve today problems with yesterdays solution.
Once you have taken and accepted new ideas it can open you up to a whole next world.
In The republic the author says, Then our job as founders, I said is to force the best
natures of learning we call the highest to climb the ascents and see the good, and when
they have climbed and sufficiently seen, not to permit them what is permitted them now
pg. 180. In this quotation it gives a prime example of how once you have obtained new
knowledge and tools, which will contribute to your personal growth it is then up to you to
not keep it to yourself but give it as a contribution to society and aid in that growth of
others that may not have the ability or opportunity. The exchanging of knowledge is a
critical part of continued growth of todays society.

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Since education is the driving force of our lives because it is incorporated into
everything we do it is important to consider how we share information. In historical times
word of mouth and action were the primary sources of spreading knowledge such as in
The Republic. In todays society because we now have more tools available to spread
knowledge it is important to expand on the tools we have that can aid not word of mouth
practices and action but allow for new practices to be formed. In the book Building The
Knowledge Society on The Internet: Sharing and Exchanging Knowledge In Networked
Environments Bolisani, Ettore. Building the knowledge society on the Internet: Sharing
and exchanging knowledge in networked environments. Information Science Reference,
2008. It explains these processes the author states The common idea is to enable people
to collaborate and share information online in ways, such as in wikis communication
tools, social networking sites, and for example, in Folksonomies. It is important to
embrace the expansion of our education and use the tools we have and continue to allow
it to not only improve our lives but the lives of others.








Work cited
1. Plato, and Raymond Larson. The Republic. Arlington Heights, IL: AHM Pub.,
1979. Print.

2. Von Oech, Roger. A Whack on the Side of the Head. Vol. 58. New York: Warner
Books, 1983.

3. Bolisani, Ettore. Building the knowledge society on the Internet: Sharing and
exchanging knowledge in networked environments. Information Science
Reference, 2008.