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Kayla Aredas
Prof Kane
English 115 Friday
18 November 2016
E2.2 Composite Reality
Not everyone interprets their reality the same. We assume because we see life a certain
way and society perceives it a certain way, that if anyone else sees it differently, they are not
mentally stable or something is wrong. Just like languages, we have all in some way learned to
communicate between languages such as Spanish, French and sign language. There was an
origin, a more universal language, and just like languages, views and ideas can be thought of
differently.
People like Plato lived life believing The more I learn, the less I know. This really
proves how even philosophers did not coincide with what the society at the time had pinned as
normal ideas or knowledge. Articles like, Two Ways to Belong in America by Bharati
Mukherjee share their own stories about fitting in with what their culture said was their planned
reality, marrying a man within their ethnicity with approval by the father. Whenever anyone goes
against these Normal views, people disapprove. In the story, Allegory of the Cave the
prisoners have a different view of reality than the guards that pass by. Reality will change
depending on how you let it, not many of us allow ourselves to be open to creativity and
individuality. Not even all humans of the same race or ethnicity can interpret the same reality
they imagine, some people have variations like loss of hearing or blindness, sharpening the other
senses that may or may not be beneficial in their opinion. In the Myth of Sisyphus, the man
who is being punished definitely changed his views towards reality once he was assigned a rock

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to constantly push up a hill as punishment. Sisyphus has a chance to either look at it in a positive
or negative way, face reality and think of it as a chance to reflect and gain strength or look at it as
a punishment he must repeat everyday as a reminder of what he chose to do. Everyone sees a
different reality, nobody sees the exact same thing, just like the main character Susanna in the
novel, Girl, Interrupted. The main character struggles with patterns and how what she sees in
things like photos, she knows can change depending on her thoughts or feelings that day.
The idea that we all are raised to conform to one composite reality is surprising, even
from a young age we unknowingly participate and are taught that things must go a certain way
and we must be taught a certain way. Our whole life is shaped around this concept that in reality,
things are not easy, you must work hard for what you want and in order to pass a class, you must
learn this certain way. We are taught formulas and stories in school, but who was the first to think
this way? Who decided that if it is not exactly this answer, you are wrong and reality is tough so
get through it?
Now more than ever, we are constantly judged and labeled negatively if we express our
own opinions like, #freethenipple or #gayisok. Not until very recently, same sex couples were
not permitted to get married because our society decided it was not part of the reality we shape.
We were recently elected a new President, Donald Trump, who has brought along a big uproar of
riots and strikes. With protest and openness to trying new things, we have changed laws and
continue to fight until we are heard, we are changing reality. People have a greater opportunity to
express themselves because the new reality is becoming more comfortable with different
opinions and ideas. Singers and artists are comfortable enough to express themselves and even
publish artwork and songs about dissing our new President.

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In the article, Representing Composites in Conceptual Modeling by Graeme Shanks,


the author discusses how even if an answer can be stated, the idea can be derived and worked
more upon, there is usually more than one single answer due to this idea that no answer is wrong.
Using a feasible object can usually confirm a single straightforward answer. Similarly with
languages, we all somehow find our way around communicating even with a language barrier.
Languages separate our realities if we cannot communicate with one another. There is most of
the time someone who can translate or even pictures, images are universal and common to
communicate if one cannot talk.
In the novel, Multilingual Communication by Juliane House, she discusses how due to
migration and the constant desire to travel the world, we are always somehow integrated into
communicating with a different language. We have so many resources to access what others
could not in the past. Before technology and the easy access to traveling the world, not many
others could comprehend what the subject was about if it was, for example, written in Latin.
Only those privileged enough at that time would be able to access the resource, cutting off the
chance for others to understand the same.
Things such as acting can definitely be used as a composite way of communication,
expressions to things that have happened is definitely of interest to communicate. Television and
movies have gone very far in success because of this opportunity to showcase a possible reality if
they were to be in a hospital scene like Greys Anatomy or a horror movie like Saw. The
audience gets a thrill after imagining how that can be someones reality.
At a young age, children are influenced by shows like Dora the Explorer that integrate the
child who is watching into the show, asking for help while looking for an item or jumping over a
bridge. The world is so diverse that subtitles are easily accessible at any time and places like

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movie theatres have hard of hearing subtitles or headphones. Not everyones reality is the same,
but our society has found a way to integrate all into one main idea.
Music has become a big part of media in all, included in movies, shows, during
commercials and rollercoasters. No interpretation is needed to understand that a high pitched fast
beat like in jaws would mean a scary scene will appear or when a scene is quiet and then
suddenly gets very loud before someone is found hiding in a scary scene.
Our environment is completely created around sounds and emotions, possibly perceiving
that as the easiest and most accessible form of communication. Our senses really help us
comprehend what is happening at the moment. There will always be some trace of unsureness
within ideas people share, but its due to the fact that no two people are the same, and their minds
will definitely not be the same either. Any idea can have a theory but it is up to the person to
either accept the idea that there will never be a correct answer or make a living out of it like the
famous Philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Einstein.

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Works Cited
Camus, Albert. "The Myth of Sisyphus." The Myth of Sisyphus. Web. 17 Nov.
2016.
House, Juliane, and Jochen Rehbein. Multilingual Communication. n.p.: 2004.

Mukherjee, Bharati. "Two Ways to Belong in America." Web.


Plato. The Allegory of the Cave. Brea, CA: P & L Publication, 2010. Print.
Shanks, Graeme, Elizabeth Tansley, and Ron Weber. "Representing Composites in Conceptual
Modeling." Association for Computing Machinery. Communications of the ACM, 47.7 (2004): 77-80.