For me to dabble further into the theories of knowledge and knowing would be a disservice for the reader and its author. I am neither qualified or prepared to offer anything more than introduction of my view of knowledge. But, isn’t that the beauty of writing? To extend a hand of trust to an unknown stranger and hear an opinion that could be fact or fiction. My previous post about community could be a complete fabrication of a manic and deluded mind, or it could be a new truth or a vision of a truth to another subset of knowledge. You can’t know fully what isn’t or plausibly not, it’s absurd to think otherwise.
Most people do this to the unharmonious citizen; they make outlandish assumptions about their life and lifestyle. How their parents must have beat them mercilessly, how they were raped by their neighbor, and how they were denied aid because of the size of their bank account. Even if all these turn out to be factual in some way, we still condemn the individuals completely for becoming the criminals that they are. Yes, they made the choice to commit the crime, yes they deserve punishment, but they don’t deserve dehumanization and to be ostracized from the rest of the community. If anything, they deserve more of our attention, for, somewhere in their life, they were not properly educated, or properly cared for.
So, we cannot fully disregard the unharmonious citizen as the other, because as it stands, our lack of focus on community forces us to not know these citizens properly. We see them as statistics, reflections of the moral uprightness or the degradation of society. We only know these people partially, and while we won’t know them one-hundred percent, we should make an effort to try, at least as a courtesy.
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