Is The Way I See Things
Three baseball umpires I call ‘em the way I see ‘em. I call ‘em the way there are. They ain’t nothing until I call ‘em.
This famous baseball story is a great metaphoric illustration of the way we see things. We usually think we see things like the second umpire: the way things are. We think other people see things like the first umpire: the way they see thigs. The third umpire’s view: They ain’t nothing until I call ‘em, highlights the notion of personal perception, seeing and calling our reality. Nothing exists until we perceive, label, and interpret it.
In this blog I want to use the baseball metaphor to illuminate the way I see things, and maybe the way you see things. I am hoping that the popular umpires’ story might have some benefit. Each umpire actually believes they see things the way they say they see things. You and I actually believe we see things the way we say we see things. The way the three umpires see things could help us see the way we see things. I can realize I see things the way I see ‘em. And they ain’t nothing until I see ‘em and call ‘em. Which way do you describe the way you see “em?
Notice that the way I “see ‘em and call ‘em” depends on my personal perceptions and subjectiveinterpretation. Perception is the key.Some descriptions of perception:
Perceptions are portraits not photographs. Daniel Gilbert
Much of what we take to be perceptions are actually conceptions, mental and not empirical. Ken Wilber
By the time perceptual information reaches consciousness, each individual has transformed it into something new and unique. Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman
Kathryn Schulz, in her book, Being Wrong, says the major reason we can get things wrong is that our perception of reality is always our interpretation of reality; this implies wiggle room. I have often written about this wiggle room in my blogs. For example: Believing is seeing.Whenever there is belief there is interpretation and room for error. The reason the wiggle room of perception is important is that the way we see things determines the way we do things. Perceptions become behavior.
Perception is not only fallible; it is also partial. This Partial Blindness, is our inability to see the wholeness of reality. We are visually impaired observers”; what we see is not all there is. Our view of reality is partial, incomplete: an “isolated observation”, a snapshot; not the “big picture”. In all visible things there is a hidden wholeness, Thomas Merton.
The way the three umpires see things can help me see and understand and illuminate the way I see things. I can ask myself: “Is the way I say I see things actually the way I see things? You might ask yourself the same question.
We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. Anaïs Nin