“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelis
Perspective is really a double edged sword. It can both be enlightening as well as cloud you in obscurity and prejudice. Most people see what they want to see in most of the things that are in front of them, rather than seeing for as it is.
I mean that’s how it is isn’t it !!! I can only interpret the world around me with what I know of it. I see a flower and I know it’s a rose because that’s how I’ve known it to be and that’s what I was taught to interpret it as.
Which begs the question, what I was taught was another person’s perspective of the actual thing. How do I know the same thing that was labeled as a rose by my teacher is not actually an orchid. There is no way for me to find out what I see as red is the same thing that you see.
There is no way for me to get into your mind to make absolutely certain of that. The way I see the world is never going to be the same way you see it. That’s the beauty of it. That’s what adds uniqueness to each one of us.
But that’s also what clouds our horizon. You see the world and are clouded by your perception of it. The mind is very selectively biased in that way. Tending to see and reassure itself of what it knows about what lies in front and ignoring the unknown. How many times have we watched a movie scene and walked away with a certain picture about it in our minds; only to be provided a completely different interpretation of it by a friend and thought I never imagined it could be thought of, in that way.
We see. We remember. We compare. We analyse. That’s how we make sense of everything. That’s how we find meaning. But then again is meaning something to be found ? Do I find a meaning for my life or create one ? Do I find myself from years and years of wandering about or create a self through the previous experiences ?
It’s all about you and the long road. Nobody can see the life that you’ve passed through the way you did; and more importantly what lies ahead. So expand your horizons; know more about the world around you and let the knowledge uncover secrets about yourself you didn’t know existed. If there is beauty inside, the lens you see through paints a whole new picture of the outside; A picture that you may not have seen before.