Three Baseball Umpires
Demonstrating the way we see things.
We don’t see things the as they are; we see things as we are. Anais Nin
This is one of my favorite metaphors because I am a baseball fan and I was once a baseball umpire, including behind home plate, for high school baseball games. Many of my readers may be baseball fans or at least know about umpires calling balls and strikes, the way they see them. Is this the way you see things?
There is a well-known baseball story about three umpires discussing the way they call balls and strikes. The first umpire says, “I call them as I see them”. Th second umpire says, “I all them as they are.” The third umpire says, “They ain’t nothing until I call them.” This could metaphorically represent the way we see our reality. We call our reality as we see it and it ain’t nothing until we see it and call it.
For example:The first umpire claims he sees things as they are. The second umpire claims his interpretation is reality. The third umpire claims he creates reality through his perception of it. Reality isn’t the same for everyone. For example, currently we are watching the game of politics, as we approach a national election. There are republican and democratic politicians and voters. They see the game differently. And we know this and expect this. Everyone sees things the way they want to see things.
Like the umpires calling balls and strikes and the politicians and the voters, we 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 ourselves. Objectivity is the subject’s delusion that observing can be done without him. Heinz von Forester.
If you watch baseball or political speeches often, you know that umpires and politicians have well-documented reputations for the way they see things and call (interpret) things. Probably so do you and I. Are you aware of your reputation? Which of the three umpires would you identify with? Can you see the way you see things?
Remember my theme song:
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.