Is Yellow Good? Essay

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Can yellow be good? Can it be evil? Can it inherently be anything? As humans, we have only one way of coming to conclusions and that is through thought. As John Locke says, “External objects furnish the mind with the ideas of sensible qualities, which are all those different perceptions they produce in us; and the mind furnishes the understanding ideas of its own operations” (Locke 62). As we pass through our lives in society we assume so many things; things that have been accepted for years by those before us. In reality however, there is no constant, there is no guarantee, there are no universal morals or traits in the world around us. Everything around us is neither good nor bad, ...view middle of the document...

For if we are able to question whether or not we are thinking (whether it be in reality or in a vivid dream) we are still thinking. This realization allowed Descartes to view the world with a much more open yet discerning viewpoint. As we know, our senses are the source of the majority of our experiences, as Locke says, “The objects of sensation are one course of ideas” (Locke 61). Descartes would argue however, that while our senses do provide us with the majority of our world, they are not necessarily the truth; “Seeing that our senses sometimes deceive us, I was willing to imagine that there existed nothing precisely as it appears to us” (Descartes 26). This belief that the mind was the only real truth for humans was further solidified by Descartes when he talked about the similarities of reality and dreams.
“When I considered that the very same thoughts which we experience when awake may also be experienced when we are asleep, without anyone of them being true, I imagined that all the precepts that had ever entered into my mind when awake had in them no more reality than the illusions of my dreams” (Descartes 26).
Our minds are our only refuge in the search for what is true. As thought is the only solid cornerstone that we have to begin from, it is how we are able to deem the characteristics of that around us. Without external influence our mind is blank. Our thought requires molding, and that shaping comes from the experiences we have in throughout our lives.

Our thinking, our viewpoints, and our skill at judging a situation is tempered and shaped by external stimuli: the infinitely unique experiences each human encounters in their life. Our understanding of the world around us is directly affected by the interactions that we have with it. “Let us suppose the mind to be…without any ideas...From where comes that vast store…to this I answer, in one word, from experience” (Locke 61). To Locke, without the physical world our mind would have nothing to be filled with. As humans, we gather our collective experiences together and come to what we deem to be a logical conclusion of what is real and what is imaginary. While Descartes does steadfastly agree that our sensational world does create who...

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