If trust were not a factor in creating music, it would not be able to exist or to be established as shared knowledge. We both build and appreciate music as a society and if we were not able to do so, we would not agree upon what is and is not music.
Senior c/o 2020
True knowledge is defined as justified, true, belief. True means that regardless of time, place, or person, it remains the same. If this so-called knowledge in the form of a law is only considered knowledge because of when it was shared, where it was shared, and by whom it was shared, there is no real Truth. Therefore, it is not real or true knowledge.
-- S. Khan
Senior c/o 2020
"It is pragmatic to say that in order to believe something is true, you also have trust that it is true. A common example of this is in religion. Many people believe in God (or some other higher power) and therefore trust that they exist. Belief and trust go hand in hand. Trust and knowledge, however, is something separate. It would be improper to use the word "never" but it is highly unlikely that everyone on Earth would agree on something. Even something like "killing people is wrong" could be met with a rebuttal of "under what circumstances"? I make this example to say that not everyone will trust the same things, so therefore, creating shared knowledge is difficult."
-Samantha H., Class of 2020
"On the other hand, the question of authority limits the permission given. Who has the authority to decide what should or should not be done? Why should we assume that their conclusion is more valid than our own?"
an excerpt from a 2018 ToK essay
"First and foremost, considering that I am nearly eighteen years old and assuming I will live more than 36 years, my future from today onward will make up a larger portion of my life. By having security of my future, I will be less stressed about being able to reasonably survive, allowing me to focus my attention further or elsewhere altogether. Using evidence that the average life span is greater than 36 years for American males, we can prove using simple arithmetic that my life in fact consists of more than my past. My claim is further justified when we consider that we could use our abilities to go farther than a secure future, since we would not have to worry about reaching that security."
an excerpt from a 2018 ToK Senior Essay
"This claim is drawn from emotion and imagination. My bias is that I value emotional security over financial security. I feel this way because everyone needs adequate emotional security to live a happy life, however, money is not needed to be happy. Imagination factors in to consider both possibilities of choosing from this scenario. I had to imagine what it feels like not to be loved as well as not being financially secured. Memory served as a factor as well. Because I have no recollection of not being loved, I value love dearly; but I also have no memories of not being financially secure."
-D. Carr III
Excerpt from ToK Senior Essay
"I would rather have a secure future than clear and positive memories of my past. This is because I value my future more than my past. I may have a bias with my claim since, unlike others, I have only had a good past so far. However, I am limited because there is no way to determine how my life will be if I could only remember the positive aspects of my past."
"Without imagination, you are unable to formulate new reactions to events your mind is unfamiliar with. An example of evidence for why I chose mute over imagination is that although you can't verbally express yourself you can still use written communication, hand signs, and facial expressions. For proof, take people who are actually mute into consideration; they still communicate just not verbally."
an excerpt from a 2018 Theory of Knowledge senior class essay