Sample Literature Critical Thinking Paper on Reality


Reality represents the actual state of the things or objects. It depicts the situation or objects as they are with no overstatement or understatement. It contains the currently existent or those that ever existed before under have been understood and integrated to current world spheres. Reality is contrite and is usually associated with truth. In a way, reality serves to join the different views or beliefs of the world or may do otherwise (separate the world views or beliefs). Convergent views uphold the existing evidences of the perceived thought and are perpetrated in the various theories and philosophies. These philosophies and/or theories guide us as humans in the daily living situations.

Reality is perceived differently as the thinking aspects/spheres are very dynamic. Normally, the human brain is constituted of two spheres (the left and right spheres). Both spheres have to be integrated for correct reasoning and/or judgment. The left hemisphere deals with logic and methodology. It judges or perceives a situation based on previous experiences and attempts to extrapolate possible occurrences or situations from the current happenings. The right hemisphere deals with the current situation or happening. It communicates with the present world and translates the information to the sensory preceptors in the brain which influence the view or opinion formed of the situation. Typically, the males use the left hemisphere more often and tend to think logically and perceive situations based on previous/past occurrences to form their opinion/view of the current situation. On the other hand, the females use both the left and right hemispheres of the brain in forming their perceptions or judging situations. Based on the present moment, they gauge the previous/past happenings and the current dynamics of the situation to form their decisions or view of the situation.

Various theories based on reality have been formed on the repeatability of the variables/norms. This leads to the classification of reality into two major aspects: objective reality and subjective reality. Objective reality lays its basis on proven facts or past occurrences. They use the reliability of the analyzed situations to form the optimal perception that would be generally adopted by each person. On the other hand, subjective reality is concerned with the dynamics of current situations or objects, but at least integrates past happenings or facts in forming the current perception about the situation or object. Subjective reality is dynamic and often changes dependent on the view/perspective of the judge while objective reality is constant and has withstood the test of time.

Reality is rendered discursively and is relative depending on the view or perception. In perceptions of concepts such as time and space, the existence or reality of both is subject to the perception of a person. Therefore, reality can be perceived as a discursive rendering dependent on universal agreement of the concerned parties regarding the translation/perception of a given matter or situation. The agreed concept or translation provides basis for judgment or perception of current and future occurrences of the same sort. For example, time can be perceived as a strategic means formed by the mind for the planning of the daily activities or the actions of the mind; time is non-existent without the mind. On the other hand, time can be perceived as the infinite resource that is independent of any perceptions and provides basis for the alignment of past, current and future occurrences or situations. Depending on the consensus reached, time is and has been rendered as an independent resource that is existent irrespective of the perceptions of the human mind and has provided the alignment for the various past, present and future activities and/or occurrences.

In the story, First Person, the author perceives reality as a relative subject that has been the confines of the elite and sharp persons in the society. Through them, current perceptions have been undertaken and adopted as the ideal reality situations and influences the people’s alignment or judgment of the situation, for example, in the story, the old woman tries to communicate with her younger self. She might get the truth about her current occurrences or situations (Smith 54). Reality is depicted as both independent and relative of human perceptions. Physical reality is independent and is irrespective of human perceptions. It is depicted as it is. In another dimension, the presented occurrence or situation may be adopted as reality by a person. Whatever happens to a person and has experienced becomes real to that person, but may not be to another person who may be explained about the situation or occurrence.

From my point of view, reality is subjective and may be agreed upon through a consensus. A trusted group of people/person may discuss and come to a consensus about a situation. The agreed consensus may be up-taken by another society or groups. When adopted, it becomes the consensual truth and the standard for making future decisions and/or opinions. Reality is subjective of the current or past happenings and is dependent on individual perceptions. It is through the consensus or agreement between the individuals that the standard perception is formed. This standard perception becomes the truth and the reality of the given activity or situation. Therefore, reality is subjective.

Work Cited

Smith, Ali. The First Person and Other Stories. City of Westminster, London: Penguin Books Limited, 2012. Internet Resource.