The Etymology of Reality: OED Contradictions
When looking at the definitions of Reality under the OED online, I found that their definitions were contradictory to one another. Some stated that reality was based on what is real or true rather than desired or imagined, making a definitive claim towards reality being based on something that is of so called actual existence. But other definitions explored the varying sense of the word. For instance, one definition ( the first one on the list) stated that reality was " The quality or state of being real." This definition, as I said in class, made me question what was exactly meant by "quality." When I looked up "quality" on the Merrian-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions said that quality was "degree of excellence". This came as a shock to me for two reasons, 1) because "degree" in itself indicates that there is a standard set for what is reality. But who or what judges what these standards are? and 2) because if someone or something is already determining what reality is, than what is the use of others words in our vocabulary such as perspective, opinion, or experience. For if reality is already determined, than would there only be one perspective, one opinion, and one experience?