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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