The Way You See Things
What is behind your eyes holds more power than what is in front of them. Gary Zukav
The way you see things depends on the way you look at things. This is like saying believing is seeing. Believing is seeing has been a major theme of my writing forever.
Believing is seeing means: The eye sees in things what it looks for, and it looks for what is already in the mind. Scientific School of Police, Paris. What is already in the mind is a set of personal beliefs. These personal beliefs determine the ideal, not the real. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are, Anais Nin.
I think a point of view is another way of saying a worldview. A worldview is the overall perspective from which one sees and interpreters the world; a collection of beliefs about life and the universe. This collection of beliefs determines the way you see things.
Or point of view may also be a nice way of saying personal bias. (Actually, a worldview IS a personal bias; it is a personal way of seeing things). Over 100 personal cognitive biases have been identified. A cognitive bias is a systematic error in thinking that impacts one’s choices and judgments. Cognitive bias is a limitation in objective thinking that is caused by the tendency for the human brain to perceive information through a filter of personal experience and preferences.
My Process of Illumination, POI 2007, was a process to enlighten, clarify, to make understandable, the way we see things (our personal point of view). Most people don’t ask themselves illuminating questions about the way they see things. Thirteen years later, the POI is still very much needed but not very much in demand. People seem to have a need to know, but a fear of knowing about themselves, as Abraham Maslow would say.
So if we don’t expect people to illuminate themselves, who will do it? Pointing out to someone their point of view, the way they see things, doesn’t work. First, because they really don’t know their point of view. And second, they really don’t want to know the way they see things. And third, we don’t really know their point of view.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird