Perception And Reality : The Reality Of An Absolute And Concrete Reality

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Perception and Reality
From ancient philosophers to modern day free thinkers, the existence of an absolute and concrete reality has been infinitely questioned. The idea that either all people experience the same reality or all people experience a different one is an intriguing topic that people can not seem to be able to wrap their minds around. There is no way to prove without a shadow of a doubt that one of these perspectives is more valid than the other, but it can be shown that, if there were a common reality, each individual would perceive it differently thereby proving that no two people can truly experience the exactly same reality. This can be explained through examining the way that individuals perceive reality based on the social factors that affect them and their mental state.
Before delving into the plethora of societal factors that affect an individual’s perception, social reality must first be examined. Society constructs its own common reality and upholds it which is shown through grounding and cultural diffusion. Grounding is “the activity that people engage in to create and transmit cultural meaning” (Kashima). In layman’s terms this means that an individual has taken information and added meaning to it then told another person thereby transmitting not only the information but also a cultural belief as well as making a common ground or understanding for each participant in the conversation. If, for instance, a friend was to inform you that another friend of…
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