Discoveries and discovering can offer new understandings and renewed perceptions of ourselves, others and our world. Ladies and gentlemen of the HSC panel, thank you for providing this opportunity for me to speak to you on the concept of discovery, and share my thoughts on how this area of study can be explored through texts. The discovery process is a crucial way we can help people arrive at the truth and overcome confusions and uncertainties that have a negative impact on the quality of life. Michael Gow’s play Away and Les Murray’s poem “The Widower in the Country” are two texts that present personal experiences of conflict because of the difficulty of accepting reality, and discover the real problems and issues that they are either unaware of or simply choose to ignore. Both texts demonstrate the challenge of overcoming emotional obstacles, whether it is the death of a loved one or a dysfunctional relationship.
A discovery is rarely the endpoint, rather it catalyses an inevitable chain reaction of subsequent discoveries. It is through this domino effect of discovering, that allows us to gain new perceptions of the world, new values and understanding of ourselves and others. The importance of morality, growth and loss of innocence, each precursors to discovering new ideas, which extrapolated in William Shakespeare 's 1661 tragicomedy of ‘The Tempest, ‘Sky High’ by Hannah Roberts and J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ (1951). This notion is shown in William Shakespeare’s 1661 tragicomedy of ‘The Tempest’ (1611), in which it elucidates the transformative power of meaningful discoveries that manifest an individual 's desire to re-evaluate
Exploration of discovery can allow for the development of an understanding of the idea that texts have the ability to certify or challenge presumptions and beliefs about features of human experiences and the world. Some texts allow for the journey of exploration to be present and experienced. This journey allows for discovery to occur. The discovery can be anything from emotional, self or unplanned. This allows for the concept of discovery to surprising and challenging, while either affirming or challenging previous presumptions and beliefs, permitting the audience to go on a journey of discovery with the characters within the text.
For humans, discoveries form the basic fabric of life, weaving every experience into an interconnected web of actions, reactions and realisations. Despite their ubiquity, there is no other time in life when discoveries are more frequent and more provocative than in the formative years of youth and early adulthood. Both Ernesto Guevara’s travel memoir The Motorcycle Diaries (published in English in 1995) and André Aciman’s poignant Bildungsroman Call Me By Your Name (2007) examine discovery as a process of realisation derived from individual observation and speculation. Although these contextually divergent stories chronicle realisations of disparate scopes and natures, their depictions of discovery as the convergence of examination, reflection and realisation prove equally meaningful. All discoveries begin with an individual’s observation of their interactions with their world, no matter if such interactions are of a political or a personal nature.
Discoveries are undeniably formative for those who experience them, the true nature of the human experience concentrate both physical and mental developments and revelations significant and remarkably memorable, allowing to continual relationship and character. Different individuals are often confronted with unique and unexpected experiences that may lead to uncovering something that has been hidden or misplaced. The poems ‘tuft of flowers and ‘Mending wall’ Robert Frost explores the notion of encountering with significant discoveries that transform frost as he interacts with a powerful epiphany if his life and his familiarities. A similar poem of Gwen Harwood’s ‘Glass Jar ‘explores the journey of a child that is faced with confronting and
Each individual knower gains knowledge through the ways of knowing reason and emotion (amongst others); these ways of knowing shape and are shaped by our perspective. More often than not, the knowledge that we pursue has been given to us by another knower, especially in areas of knowledge like history; in this case the previous knowers perspective also shapes our pursuit of knowledge. Thus, in areas of knowledge where shared knowledge is pivotal we draw upon a shared perspective, not just that of the individual knower. Due to perspective affecting knowledge in such a magnitude of ways, it is essential in all areas of knowledge. Through exploring the pursuit of knowledge in three different areas of knowledge: the arts, history and the natural sciences, it becomes apparent, that although to different extents, perspective is essential in shaping each.
In this world we live in, it revolves around knowledge and wisdom. As humans, we always crave for something more—more about things we know, knowledge about things we don’t know about. Therefore, we dig deeper to know more about ourselves, don’t we? Knowledge, as defined, is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association. Every day that we face bears new experiences which we encounter for us to learn.
It has evolved to become something entirely different but has stagnated in conservative and traditional ones. Our sense of dreaming and future desires and hence our creativity operates within the domain of those societal senses of reality, known–knowns and senses of truth. This leads the creativity and evolution of our communities towards uninspiring and unexciting known outcomes. It is only when we push the liminal frontiers of our societal knowledge domains that we create a fighting chance of breaking through. Pushing such frontiers a little further make a difference at individual, community, local and global levels albeit still mutilated and muffled by that containment.
Furthermore, i love the feeling I get when I explore new ideas, histories, beliefs, and scenarios. It not only increases my knowledge, but also helps me overcome problems that I am dealing with. I get to experience life’s problems, pleasures, and I come out of my personal bubble to become a better person by exploring new cultures. Travelling is my passion because it’s something that I am not afraid to chase after. I get to learn more and more about myself and I am able to expand my horizons every time I travel.