To “know something” is a question that has lawful, theoretical, and religious implications. Approaching the question from several aspects can arouse debate over a particular question, often times involving a certain view, or perspective on the word “know,” for society has reflected different interpretations of the word. The Webster-Merriam dictionary states that the word “know” has to fall into one of the following four definitions: The first definition is “to be aware of the truth or factuality of. ” The second is “to have a practical understanding of.
” The third is “to recognize as being the same as something previously known. ” And finally, the fourth definition is “to have direct cognition of. ” Despite these concise definitions however, many still find the meaning of the word rather ambiguous. What does it mean to really “know” something? Do I know that God exists? Do I know that when I get out of bed tomorrow morning, I will be able to consult my parents like I have always done? All of these questions can make one think, and yet no matter how much one thinks, the answers still seem quite mysterious and distant.
The word “knowing” has been a riddle that no one has yet cracked, a fog that blocks our want to discover, a pest that always ends up contradicting our reasoning. However, at the end of the day, the fact that we possibly don’t “know” anything galvanizes us to reach out and search for what our heart yearns, or leads us to question. These are healthy proceedings of course, but at one point, we must draw the line. Surely there has got to be something that we indubitably “know,” something that even the most prominent philosophers cannot contradict, something that has got to be true.
It was not hard coming up with a simple statement that I knew to be true. For example, “I know that I support Darwin’s theory of evolution. ” However philosophical this statement might seem, I found this statement too intricate, too involved. Why not state or question something that we never really ask ourselves, something we take for granted every single morning of our lives? Take this: I know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. Out of the infinite possibilities from which I could have elected, I chose this one because I undoubtedly knew this to be true. But how?
How is it that I am so sure of this one statement to be absolutely true, without question? Perhaps my personal experience can be held responsible, or my indefinite ability to rationalize and subconsciously conduct legitimate reasoning. The puzzling question still remains, however, unanswered. One of the most amazing gifts “given” to us human beings was the ability to see. Our eye, the most complex organ in our bodies except for our brains, is said to contribute towards 85% of our total “knowledge. ” Because of our capability to see, we see the sun raised high above the horizon every morning. Mind you, this is every single morning.