March 11, 2012
Critical thinking and Society Exercise
Free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion, is something that people use in his or her daily life. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines free will as a “freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or divine intervention.” This great “unalienable right” is not without consequences (Independence Hall Association, 2012). The definition of truth is “the state of being the case” or “the body of real things, events and facts” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). A truth is described as a fact, but those facts may differ in time and place. Although it is a fact that we have free will, it is also true (fact) that if we do not show up for work, we will be fired.
Knowledge is defined as “the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). Therefore, if we decide to exercise our “free will” and fail to show for work, are fired we have acquired knowledge that not showing up for work will mean a loss of a job. To have an opinion means to have “a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). It is therefore, an opinion that to exercise free will and failure to show for work would not be a good idea.
Critical and creative thinking in this situation is crucial. If a day off is desired, the best way to obtain this would be to consider the options. Why not request a vacation day ahead of time instead? That way, you are still getting to do what you want with full knowledge that you will have a position to return to work. Whether we are making choices as a parent, employee, employer, or human being, we must consider all of these when forming thoughts.
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