A Changing Subjective Worldview

Dictionary Definitions

Subjective: Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. Proceeding from or taking place within a person’s mind such as to be unaffected by the external world. Objective: Not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased:

The way we see things (the subjective) is changing. Today we have truthiness, alternative facts, fake news, post truth, untruth, falsehoods, misinformation, delusions, illusions and erroneous beliefs. All of these are versions of subjectivity. All are not new but today we have more versions than ever before.

Today we also have change that is more rapid, more complex, more disturbing, more unpredictable. Change and subjectivity have always been with us, but now they are the new normal. The New Normal is a previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected. This blog is to suggest that change and subjectivity will be the key factors in the making of our future. I believe it is fair to say that the experience of subjectivity and change is changing.

Change isn’t usually a personal goal for most people; and people often resist change. Yet change is often seen as a good thing — for other people. Change is good, you go first, Dilbert. Today however, change keeps happening to us, so we begin to see the need for change by us. I believe we are beginning to see the need to become as capable of change as the environment.

And changing your view changes you; it changes your subjectivity. It changes the way you see things. Our new subjectivity is now based on our new personal feelings, tastes, or opinions — including those new opinions about change. This suggests a malleable mindset. Could it be that a malleable mindset will become the new normal?

We are being told, although everyone isn’t listening, that the way we see things is the way we see things; it is not the way everyone sees things. And it may not be the way things really are — because of our subjectivity. We are also being told that objectivity may not be possible. (The way we see thigs always includes us; you can’t take the you out of your observations.)

My description of the new normal may be an exaggeration, but think what it would mean to have the majority of us tryig to become as changeable as the environment, to be aware of our subjectivity, and to ask ourselves: “Why do I see things this way?”

Each mind inhabits a private universe of its own devising.   Diane Ackerman



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3 Responses to THE NEW NORMAL

  1. betsy collard says:

    I don’t think I ever heard back from you when you sent the last post. Any chance of breakfast next Thursday or any day the week of the 9th?

    B >

    • hbgelatt says:


      What post? I think I always respond. Good to hear from you. I assume you have returned. Carol and I are going to Tahoe on April 2. After 20 here for Easter!!!

      I could do breakfast on April 9, 11 or 13.

      H B


  2. Eugene Unger says:

    Honor God and His Son Jesus. Be true to others and your self. Embrace Easter and it’s true meaning. The rest of the world, trapped in convenient truth, pray for them. Happy Easter my friend and to Carol



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