The Answers to Five Basic Questions Research Paper by Nicky

The Answers to Five Basic Questions
A research paper that addresses the five questions every person must ask him/herself and how they are answered by different individuals.
# 149141 | 26,568 words | 68 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 27, 2011 in Psychology (General) , Philosophy (General)

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The paper explores the literature to identify secondary research concerning the five basic questions, what is truth?, what does it mean to live a life of excellence?, who or what defines your reality and/or who you are?, what are the values and principles that you have adopted to live your life by? and, what is success?. The paper also provides primary research that consists of posing these questions to family members, friends, co-workers, associates, classmates and other students in online forums. The paper finds that there were likely as many answers to these questions as there are people, but the act of asking them and articulating meaningful responses was shown to be the first step towards realizing worthwhile endeavors such as living a life of excellence and being a success in life. This paper contains figures and tables.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: What is Truth
Chapter 3: What Does it Mean to Live a Life of Excellence
Chapter 4: Who or What Defines Your Reality and/or Who You Are
Chapter 5: What are the Values and Principles that You have Adopted to Live Your Life By
Chapter 6: What is Success

From the Paper:

"Indeed, what is the truth today may not be the truth tomorrow because there is a certain degree of majority agreement involved that can shift perceptions about what is real and what is not and the degree of "trueness" can shift over time. This is particularly true today given the enormous amount of information that bombards the average citizen in the United States. Indeed, in the Age of Information, sorting through the huge amounts of information that flood into an individual's life is much like trying to drink from a fire hose. According to Vardy, "With the increased influence of the media and the increased concentration of media power, young people are never left alone -- television, radio, music and popular culture bombard them with images. Advertisers seek to persuade and to create desires and hopes which they would not otherwise have" (p. 4). Trying to figure out the truth based on this deluge of information is clearly a daunting enterprise by any measure. Furthermore, given the dynamic and ever-shifting qualities of what is truth, some observers maintain that there can be no "ultimate truth," only graduated shades and reflections of it. In this regard, Vardy notes that, "Politicians manipulate their perceptions of the world and the idea of achieving some sort of truthful appraisal of the human condition seems doomed. Indeed, many today would argue precisely that ultimate truth is folly" (Vardy, p. 4). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, R. C. (1997). On the logical integrity of children's arguments. Cognition and Instruction, 15(2), 37.
  • Anyanwu, C. J. (1998). Virtual world and virtual reality. Journal of Australian Studies, 154.
  • Berglas, S. (1986). The success syndrome: Hitting bottom when you reach the top. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Black's law dictionary. (1991). St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co.
  • Bultmann, R., Jungel, E., Muller, K. W. & Harrisville, R. A. (1997). What is theology? Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

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