The Way You See Things?
We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. Anais Nin
There is a story about three baseball umpires discussing the way they call balls and strikes. The first umpire says, “I call them as I see them.” The second umpire says, “I call them as they are.” The third umpire says, “They ain’t nothing until I call them.” This could represent the way we see our reality, metaphorically. We call it as we see it, and it ain’t nothing until we call it.
You see your reality the way you see it. How you decide to interpret reality (call it) is the way reality is — to you. Reality isn’t seen the same to everyone. For example, soon you will probably watch television speeches by US presidential candidates. After a speech when the political party representatives are asked to describe their interpretation of what they had just experienced, they will tell us how they saw it and called it. The Republican Party spokesperson and the Democratic Party spokesperson always will see the speech entirely differently. Actually, everyone viewing the speeches will have their own way of seeing and interpreting the speeches.
The baseball umpires calling balls and strikes and the politicians viewing the speeches and the rest of us cannot separate ourselves from our interpretations of reality. We don’t call it as it is; we call it as we are. We cannot separate ourselves from our observations — from the way we see things. Objectivity is the subject’s delusion that observing can be done without him, Heinz von Foerster.
If you watch baseball and/or political speeches often, you know that umpires and politicians have well-documented reputations for the way they see things and call things. Probably so do you and I. Are you aware of your reputation for the way you see, interpret and call things? Which one of the three umpires do you identify with? Can you see the way you see things? Can you describe it?
Remember the theme song of my writing about the Positive Uncertainty philosophy:
The minute you make up your mind that the way you see things makes a difference,
it will make a difference in the way you see things — and do things.