“When all you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails.” -Abraham Maslow
As tools, the four different ways of knowing may apply to this quote in the pursuit of knowledge. What role does perception play in how one’s views the solutions to problems? To what extent should emotions affect the way humans feel about the types of solutions to a problem? How can one’s reasoning affect the way he or she solves a problem in the way of the quote? What, if anything, can we learn from language, as a tool, in the pursuit of knowledge?
One’s views to the solution of a problem is played by the role of perception. My perception to almost every problem is for me to solve the problem the ...view middle of the document...
His perception played the role of solving the problem, no matter what morals were being broken. Some solutions are perceived as unethical by others, but the ethics are put aside by the problem-solver in order to make an honest effort in finding a solution to the problem.
Emotions affect the way humans feel about the types of solutions to a problem. When humans are in different moods, they react in different ways to problems. Road rage is described as violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle. The solution that drivers with road rage usually come to is one where he or she tries to upset or frustrate the driver who caused him or her to get angry; get revenge. Because of the emotional anger, the driver decides to solve the problem unsafely. Say a person is driving home, after getting a promotion at work, and he is very content with his life. Because of his happiness, a driver who cut him off, does not upset him. He simply lets the rude driver go off in front of him. When the promoted worker is happy, his solution to the driver was changed.
Hitler had anger towards the Jewish people. This may have had an affect of why he choose the solution he did for them. Strong emotions may have caused the death of over 10 million people in the world.
One’s reasoning can affect the way he or she solves a problem. It could be that this quote was stated to directly mean that when all you have is one tool as your solution, you will have to learn how to make do with what you’ve got. One could also argue that the quote was said to mean something completely different. Maybe the quote was meant to mean that when all you have is one tool, in order to solve all your problems, you’ll need to find another tool.