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Defining Reality Everyone perceives reality in a different light Reality is a result of the upbringing and surroundings of an individual and as a person matures they are exposed to more ideas thoughts and events The actions and events that a person is exposed to are communicated through language which defines reality by allowing people to become receptive to different ideas While language can expand ones reality language also places limits on that reality Society geography and language simultaneously expand and limit an individuals reality From the moment a person enters the world his or her reality is different from that of anyone elses Everything that a person sees hears smells touches or tastes will add to his or her wealth of knowledge This collection is thrown into a mashed pile of sayings images and life experiences that is regurgitated when a person experiences the next object or thought Richard Rodriguez explains how much he has changed in his essay The Achievement of Desire included in the collection Ways of Reading It will be harder to summarize what sort of life connects the boy to the man 622 The road to any position in life is long and filled with unique obstacles all of which shape a person into a well-rounded individual It is nearly impossible to come up with a short summary of all of the experiences that one encounters in life Life experiences are different for each individual making each individuals reality unique Reality for any given individual is a direct result of their upbringing and surroundings In his essay The Banking Concept of Education which is included in Ways of Reading Paulo Freire comments that The world which brings consciousness into existence becomes the world of that consciousness 356 The environment that a person lives in dictates how the person looks at the rest of the world For instance if a native of a small tribe in the
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