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What we see is what we want to see

A rather simple discussion of an individual's perception, how our desires often misguide our eyes on to what lies right in front of us.


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2 years ago | 4 min read

I tried writing about time management multiple times yesterday .By "yesterday", I mean last night at 3 A.M. I could have said ‘today’ instead of ‘yesterday’ since the day both begins and ends at 12 AM or 00:00 simultaneously, an interesting phenomenon. It all depends on the person's perspective.

Before we move this along, I would like to disclose to the readers that though this is a case study post, the structure of this post won't follow the traditional method that confines the post to a particular systematically organized form of report writing but instead a new, fresh style that would be as vague and ambiguous as possible by not operating within the parameters of conventional types of such articles by giving all the power to the reader's will alone by avoiding dependence on quantifiable data.

When we go around classifying people on the basis of their point of view by asking them questions like “are you an optimist or a pessimist?” we inquire about what is it that they want to see.

Do they want to see the happy side or the cr*ppy side?

Do they want to see the good or the bad?

Do they want to see the shrewd or the mad?

Different points of view help in seeing the world better, perceiving it better. When we think about perspective, we look at it like viewing a placed box up close

We can see the top clearly and maybe even the sides but you can only see 2 of the sides at a time, you change your point of view to see another side but if you do that in the process you'll find yourself at a point where you can only see one side of the box. As you go on further, you'll finally see another one of the 4 sides, but now you have lost sight of one of the first 2 sides, only so much you can catch a glimpse of at a time. You can try to view the last side and lose sight of the other sides. Even after catching a sight of all these sides, there's one more thing that we have missed. After all a box would have 6 sides, one of which would be under,out of sight, kept there by the one who placed it to begin with.

The underside, hardly in sight, just sits there completely untouched,waiting for someone to finally shed some light on it.

We all realise the importance of observing from different points of view.In the case of the box, it was the hidden underside. So now let's change the object of our focus.

We now look at a circle, a 2-D circle drawn free-hand on a piece of paper. how many sides does it have? Too many sides to keep a count of, surely you can get a good view of the circle from all the million sides it has all at once, even though it may be hand-drawn, a bit ill-defined, there may be crevices too, but we'll ignore that since you have a perfect view of the entire circle.

A hand-drawn circle

As all things are under a constant state of change, what appeared to be a 2-D circle has now evolved to be a 3-D sphere, still irregular, still a bit ill-defined but now with a little more depth to it.

You can try to get the best optical advantage in trying to view this irregular sphere, but there will always be a whole different side for you to view.

Even after you change the view by rotating the irregular sphere, you miss out on millions of different sides of this sphere but see a whole new multitude of sides that have little cracks and crevices because it's not a perfect sphere but an irregular one.

This irregular sphere is right in front of you. You try to view it but can't get the perfect view as you did before when it was just a 2-D circle. The little cracks are there too and it's hard to view them from afar. You need to zoom right in and focus to get a clear view all the while losing sight of everything else. Without the crevices, it could have been easier to view the irregular sphere, but there's nothing we can't do, the hand has put in the work and can't be called in to change the structure.

If it did have the perfect spherical shape, things would have been so much easier. No cracks and crevices. Some even argue that due to a sphere's shape being structured of the minutest sides and angles, it can be called a no-side figure too. So, at the same time, this magnificent perfect structure is both infinite-sided and no-sided, the only thing ruining the realisation of this beautiful phenomenon is that this is not what we have. We still have our hardly appealing, geometrically unaesthetic, rough figure. That is what we have and what we have to make do with.

You can make modifications, yes but it will take a lot of time and effort. This irregular sphere is close enough to be called our world, it doesn't have a perfect but an irregular spherical shape, there are so many sides to it and, not to mention the cracks and crevices. So many sides require so many points of view.

The traditional sense of assuming duality in everything is a curse, we have grown accustomed to having to polar opposites at all times

the black and white

the sky and tide

and the wrong and right

We fail to notice the depthness that is brought by the immense multitude of sides, the sides that in order to be viewed raw and fairly require us to adopt not just one point of view, we need to adopt more points of view, gain perspective, we cannot view the entire world at once, but if we even gain more perspective and understand better, we would have grown personally and that is all that a community effort requires,

as Michael Jackson once said

If they wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

All we need is - an individual effort and we just have to wait to see the cumulative effort's results when every individual fosters their own growth.

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