Looking at things from Different Angles!

People only see what they are prepared to see.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Quotes

This is precisely what this article is trying to tell us, we only see what we are prepared to see. But no one can convince us unless we ourselves are willing to be convinced.

If the values we hold are faulty,  the views, the perceptions our minds project out will be colored.

A wealthy man took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people live?” The father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son. “So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Isn’t perception a wonderful thing? If all of us see everything the same way, there is hardly anything to learn. Next time someone disagrees with you remember that it is an opportunity to learn a new perception.

The Meaning of Perception

Perceptions vary from person to person. Different people perceive different things about the same situation. But more than that, we assign different meanings to what we perceive. And the meanings might change for a certain person. One might change one’s perspective or simply make things mean something else.

This is a good story, isn’t it? Frightening too.

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2 thoughts on “Looking at things from Different Angles!

  1. xiaoyao2 says:

    It is always good to remind ourselves of the 7 blind men touching an elephant. Each of the blind men insisted that he/she is right about “what is an elephant” from the part that he/she touches.

    Are we not then blind men ourselves as we cling to our experience, views and prejudice ?

    A strong reminder from Diamond Sutra :
    ” … 應無所住而生其心 …”

    Age and experience may not increase our wisdom.
    (Isn’t it common that men become more stubborn when they get older ?)

    Yes, agreed, it’s best we oldies remind ourselves not to cling too much to our opinions.

  2. Happy Snare says:

    I supposed that that different perspectives would make us even humble and unselfish. I used to have that very naive and different way of thinking. And that created a strong debatable argument between me and my boyfriend back then. I realised that some people, when they chose not to believe in us, they just dont. Regardless the different angle perspective was meant to do the most noble deed.

    I suppose they are so adamant in not accepting our point of view is because they are holding so strongly to thier own perspectives.

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