Columbine Theory of Knowledge Project

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How emotions influence our perspectives of wrongful actions, and the decision made between choosing to be kind or cruel

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  • Theory of Knowledge: Emotions Lesson
  • Our own personal experiences throughout life allow us to form emotions towards specific ideas, which allows us to develop our opinions upon these ideas or topics.
  •  Under what circumstances do people decide to be cruel or kind?
  • Theory of Knowledge: Emotions as a way of knowing
  • Providing Clarity upon Emotions within TOK and Connecting Them to the Real World
  •  For example, people often cast judgement upon those that commit wrong doings; in some cases, we may sympathize for them, while in others we show only cruelty towards them; our response is fueled by our emotions towards those wrong doings.
  • To clarify, we often apply our emotions to situations to better understand them, and each person has different emotions due to their own opinions and experiences; therefore their knowledge is different.
  • Theory of Knowledge: Emotions as a way of knowing
  • Connecting Emotions within TOK to the Columbine Incident
  • For example, people often cast judgement upon those that commit wrong doings; in some cases, we may sympathize for them, while in others we show only cruelty towards them; our response is fueled by our emotions towards those wrong doings.
  • Eric: "People are IDIOTS!!!!!! The inferior need to get out of the way of those that are above them. Eric: "People are IDIOTS!!!!!! The inferior need to get out of the way of those that are above them."
  •  Under what circumstances do people decide to be cruel or kind?
  • Columbine High School
  • Columbine High School
  • Dylan: "Oh, yea....people are SOO dumb...God, I wish we could just kill them or something. Dylan: "Oh, yea....people are SOO dumb...God, I wish we could just kill them or something."
  • Theory of Knowledge: Emotions as a way of knowing
  • Professor: "Hello class! Today we will be discussing the use of emotions in our development of knowledge, and its connections to the Columbine incident."
  • Emotions Create Cruelty within Society
  • "I feel no sympathy towards Eric and Dylan. Their actions showed deliberate intent to harm others, and I am horrified by their decision to kill. My sorrow goes out to the families of all of the victims, and the two boys deserve the cruelty bestowed upon them by the media, as it is equal to the cruelty that they showed to their fellow classmates."
  • Eric: "People are IDIOTS!!!!!! The inferior need to get out of the way of those that are above them.
  • Columbine High School
  • Professor: "Some of you are probably wondering what this information means regarding your development of knowledge. Allow me to explain; There are countless implications for emotions within our everyday lives. From day-to-day, we are constantly using our emotions to understand and therefore develop knowledge of different ideas."
  • Emotions Also Create Kindness within Society
  • "While the actions of Eric and Dylan were wrong, we must realize that to some extent they could not prevent their actions. Many people within society other than these two boys have experienced mental disorders and we show no cruelty towards them; I sympathize greatly for the pain that these two boys experienced within their lives."
  • Professor: "Let us use Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as an example. While it is clear that Eric Harris was psychopathic and Dylan Klebold was suffering from depression, society still judges these boys harshly for their actions, with many people emphasizing a great hatred for the boys. Do we know for what reason this occurs?"
  • Effects of Emotions Clash within Society
  • We choose to be kind or cruel depending upon our emotional reaction to situations; we use these emotions to guide and develop our opinions, and our opinions differ from person to person due to differences in emotional reactions.
  • Theory of Knowledge: Emotions as a way of knowing
  • Professor: "It is because a portion of society feels such strong negative and hateful feelings towards the Columbine incident that these people know within their own minds that Eric and Dylan deserve the level of cruelty that society casts upon them. These people also develop a sympathy for the victims, furthering the societal hate towards the boys."
  • Dylan: "Oh, yea....people are SOO dumb...God, I wish we could just kill them or something.
  • Professor: "However, there is also a group of people that conveys only kindness towards Eric and Dylan. These people feel sympathy for them due to common connections, such as the fact that they were once kids in school that may have suffered from emotional issues as well. These people use their sympathy and their feeling of a connection between them and the boys in order to know that the boys were not truly evil people."
  • Professor: "Both groups of people "know" that they are right, and this knowledge is solely based upon their opinions towards the Columbine incident; their opinions were founded upon their emotional reactions towards the incident. Overall, this displays the idea that we use our emotions to form our own knowledge towards different ideas, and since all people feel different emotions, this knowledge differs from person to person and causes a different reaction among different people."
  • "We have many methods from which we can develop knowledge, but our decision to be cruel or kind is heavily influenced by our use of emotions. Those that feel sorrow for the shooters act kindly, while those that sympathize for the victims show cruelty towards the shooters."
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