Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Our Perceptions and Reality

A large ornate and colorful chair appears in a jungle clearing. Eyes peer from the surrounding jungle at this object.

First to approach was a man who had never seen such an object before. He circled the chair and cautiously reached out and stroked the chair. After a period of time he reached into his pouch and pulled out his most prized possession and placed it before the chair. He then raced off to tell his friends of his discovery.

Next to appear was a cat who carefully circled the chair and after finding no disturbing odors leapt up and lay down on the chair's soft cushion and dozed in the sun. After a time it jumped down and went hunting.

An explorer came upon the chair and knew what it was and promptly approached and sat down. They glanced around curiously and wondered how it arrived. Then having places to go; got up and left.

A short time later an old bull elephant rambled into the clearing heading straight for the fruit of the marula tree on the opposite side. On the way he crushed the chair under his foot.

Which perception was right?

Reality means different things depending on our perception. We take actions dependent on our understanding. We need to understand this when we don't understand the actions of someone else.

Food for thought.

Inspired by a post at Greg's Brain and well worth reading I Object that I can be Objective

11 conversations:

RT said...

Every person in the world judges the things and events around them based on their own perceptions. The entire good versus evil debate is based on perception. What's right for one is wrong for another. Our environments, experiences, and education color our perceptions more than anyone would ever care to admit.

Peter Haslam said...

If we understand that then we have a starting point for change. You are right RT. thanks for the comment

Comedy + said...

Everyone was right. That's my take. Just because something doesn't agree with the way we approach something doesn't make it wrong and sometimes even right.

I've had a long day of setting up my brand new Vista computer. What a lot of work. I didn't realize I had so much stuff. Talk to you tomorrow Peter :)

Peter Haslam said...

Yes Sandee. Good luck with the computer

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yes i think sandee is right, everyone was right. nice post on perceptions/realities...

smiles, bee

Peter Haslam said...

Thanks Bee you taught me some of that with your Southern wit :)

Mimi Lenox said...

In academia methods courses we learn to validate the feelings and perceptions of students. Acceptance of one's thoughts and feelings is key to developing high self-esteem and learning to trust your own instincts.

Adults, I think, need more folks to "validate" and less to judge and critize. It would make the world a kinder place.

Mimi Lenox said...

Having spoke that jargon, let me add....HUMOR is key to most any revelation.

Carry on.

Peter Haslam said...

A good point Mimi

paisley said...

what say you then, about the sector of the population whos views are not in fact based on perseption,, but rather on blind faith, biblical teaching, cultural or religious training...etc.....

that group that will believe blindly and without logic or intonation of personal perspective?????

Peter Haslam said...

Hi Paisley good question. Beliefs no matter how they are formed once accepted is like putting on a pair of glasses that filter out seeing any contradiction to their viewpoint just like sunglasses color our seeing and give them a view of the world that conforms with their beliefs. The other consideration is that we all want to know what will happen to us next so that we can keep ourselves safe. I call it a zone of safety. Religious beliefs in particular provide those who believe them a certainty that they know what and why things happen and helps support their zone of safety. They will defend their perspective against all rational arguments. Beliefs do not have to be rational to anyone but the believer. That is the power and the danger of belief. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Thank Paisley for joining the discussion.