Perspectives and world views are even more internal and virtual than they are external and physical. Seeing may increase believing, but (openness to) believing often precedes being able to see.
Our thinking and (subconscious) beliefs are usually far more influential than our visual acuity or our vantage point.
There is a literal inverse relationship between what the eyes perceive and what we see. Although light and other stimuli may be perceived by our eyes, humans do not see with their eyes, but with our minds. The images that impact us most are the ones we (re)create ourselves. Each human eye – and brain – has a blind spot, where we cannot see (without changing our position). Our “imagination” determines what we can and cannot see. Optical illusions are easy to create. Not only do we not see all that our eyes look at, but we also tend to “see” a lot that our eyes do not. The human brain “fills in” a lot of “gaps” and “information” for us that our eyes did not actually see, sense, or send. Perception of what is outside of us is probably mostly projection of what is inside of us.
None are so blind as those who will not see. Without (a clear and compelling) “vision“, people often perish – and/or have no reason not to. A seer is often considered wise simply because of being able to see farther into the future. Becoming gradually more far-sighted in regards to time as well as distance is associated with age, education, and experience.
A picture MAY be “worth” a thousand words, but pictures and photos, graphs and charts, illustrations and visual examples do NOT tell a story – and people are story creatures. Content requires context to matter and have meaning.
That’s my perspective – and my story. What’s yours? I’d like to know.
Knowing is not enough. Data, information, and knowledge are neither wisdom nor often even of interest or relevance without a personal connection.
Each person’s history is simply his story (about events). In many ways, the past is easier to change in the present than the future – since the former only requires a change in how we view what happened, while the latter requires us to change what we do in order to change what will happen as a result. We both live out and into the stories we tell (ourselves and others).
Who would, or even could, we be without our stories?
What’s YOUR story – and what reason(s) do you have for sticking to it?
What does YOUR world look like (to YOU)?
Check out some images I posted of our planet as seen from space at http://www.WRSC.org/blogs/Oren Pardes.
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