Cordova Lopez, Natalia
May 26, 2021
7. What are the implications of having or not having knowledge?
Object 1: Job interview between two males
This object is an image showing a job interview between two males. This is interesting from a TOK perspective, because the outcome of that interview depends on the level of knowledge the interviewee has. This object enriches this exhibition because the interview could go terribly wrong without having the right knowledge. Having knowledge, especially different types of knowledge, will get a person further in life. For example, in this interview, the interviewee must first of all, have knowledge of the position they are applying for. If the person would like to be a business consultant, extensive knowledge of business is a must. Another type of knowledge required is knowing how to interact with others, useful for both the interviews and the job. Having knowledge will impress the interviewer, and the chances of getting hired are much higher. Another way this object enriches the exhibition is because outcomes of a situation can change drastically without having the knowledge needed for that specific situation. If a person is unprepared and clueless, not having knowledge, then the outcome of the situation will not be in their favour. If a person never has the right knowledge, the person will never be able to further their life. Not having knowledge is detrimental, and whilst it is not necessary to have knowledge in every area, that would be unreasonable, it is clear that without certain knowledge, succeeding in any aspect of the real world will be impossible, as knowledge is the very basis for everything.
Object 2: Rich vs poor education
This object is an image showing the divide between education with low monetary funds, and education with higher monetary funds. This is interesting from a TOK perspective because people who receive an education with lower monetary funds will, almost certainly, receive an education that is significantly less comprehensive than that of richer schools. This object enriches this exhibition because the poorer schools will have limits on their knowledge, therefore not reaching the knowledge that children from a richer school may have. It is not to say that in poorer institutes, the knowledge is terrible or not worth knowing, however children who go to these schools will not have the chance to learn to the level of richer schools. This is because poorer schools cannot afford to hire the best teachers, and although the teachers may be good, they will have less knowledge than the teachers in richer schools, in most cases. It is up to the child to really work hard if one would like to attain higher levels of knowledge, and push themselves further, unlike in richer schools where you will already be taught knowledge that is not taught in other schools. Money can buy knowledge, whilst not having money can be a disadvantage to attaining knowledge. Another way this object enriches this exhibition is because richer schools have an advantage over poorer schools, which is not exactly fair because every child deserves the same, equal opportunity, however this is simply the way the world works, money buys almost anything, including opportunities. The result of these richer children having more knowledge than the poorer children is that richer children have a better chance of doing well in life, with less struggles than a poorer child might face. Unfortunately, as of now, poorer children are not able to buy their way into knowledge, and therefore will not have the same advantages as a richer child.
Object 3: Image of an article about how rape is used as a weapon against women in Tigray, Ethiopia
This object is an image of an article about how rape is used as a weapon against women in Tigray, Ethiopia. It is used to control and to intimidate. This is interesting from a TOK perspective because viewing this article as an adult or young adult is fine, however young children should not have to see this sort of mature content. This object enriches this exhibition because the implications of having this type of knowledge for people above the age of 13 are good, as it is an important topic to discuss. People who are mature enough to read and understand these topics are able to properly process the information, and certain people may be able to help the situation. Not having this sort of knowledge beyond the age of 14 would be considered naive, and if older than 18, just plain ignorance, because these are important world issues, and you could put yourself in dangerous situations without having knowledge about this content matter. Another way this object enriches this exhibition is because, on the other hand, the implications of a young child knowing about this content matter, could be harmful to them and to others. Young children have not matured enough to understand the topic, and although some may very well know, they would not be old enough to fully understand, and that can be harmful. For example, a young child may go about asking what it is, or how it works, as children are naturally curious, therefore bringing others into the situation, possibly other young children and could accidentally spread misinformation about the topic. Or, in the worst-case scenario, as most children have access to the internet, they could research and find images and more information they are not meant to see. As an adult, you should be well versed in important topics such as rape, however young children should be spared this type of knowledge, both for their own safety and for others. It is important to distinguish between the types of knowledge that are necessary for a certain category of people. You must know when to protect people from knowledge, and when to enlighten them.
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Sparks, John. March 2021. “Ethiopia’s conflict in Tigray: Women describe how rape is used as a weapon”. Sky News.