“We begin to learn wisely when we’re willing
to see world from other people’s perspective.”
― Toba Beta
In my life I have met some fascinating people. They were intelligent and yet came at life from a position so different than anything I had considered, sometimes almost opposite that every instinct in me just screamed out they were wrong. I know that the usual response that people have in similar situations is that they shun the people or ridicule them in public just so everyone could see how wrong they were. I guess I don’t have that usual response. Instead I would start speaking to them and try to understand how they arrived at the conclusions they did. I would work to inhabit their point of view even to the point where I could debate my previously held world view from the perspective of the new and end up either with a stalemate or a flat out win. I would then hold on to this new viewpoint until (most commonly) a) the flaws that I had missed became apparent (or in some cases the hypocrisies and inconsistencies of the people holding the viewpoints making them seem like just another unattainable ideal) b) I came across someone who held a very different point of view and I became fascinated by that. Eventually I stopped believing both in absolute point of view but also that there is any viewpoint so ridiculous that someone somewhere won’t adopt it as their truth and have good sound reason for doing so. Also that any viewpoint can be accurately be argued for or against with logic. More and more I come to the point where almost everything holds possibilities yet all sacred cows (or chaos) have died off.
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Life Flow Above and That Below by G A Rosenberg
Burst Emerald Sphere by G A Rosenberg
“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.”
— John Rogers
I have always believed that there are few actual villains in this world and those who would describe themselves as villainous or evil believe that they are justified in their actions and behaviours. This isn’t to say that we all believe we are doing the right thing. Our reasons for doing wrong can be quite interesting. Even when our actions go beyond what most people see as excusable or acceptable in anyway. Trying to understand peoples’ motivation and reality tunnels can be enlightening to say the best. At the very least it frees us from blind hatred. Especially if we can put ourselves even momentarily in the shoes of someone we would normally despise.
1) If you consider yourself conservative, try to see the world from the perspective of Bernie Sanders.
2) If you see yourself as liberal or left-leaning try to perceive the world the way Ted Cruz or Donald Trump sees it.
3) If you are black, jewish or gay try seeing the world from the perspective of a white supremacist.
4) If you are homophobic, try to see life from the point of view of someone who is gay or trans.
5) Try understanding why a member of ISIS would act the way they do. What do they aspire to?
6) If you are Jewish, try perceiving Israel the way a Palestinian does.
7) If you are Islamic try perceiving Israel and Palestine the way that Netanyahu does.
Just for the hell of it even if you don’t fit into any of the above categories, try to adopt each of the above views for an hour each, you might find afterwards that your own viewpoint has become a lot more malleable.
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She Watches and Waits by G A Rosenberg
R’lyeh Wonderland by G A Rosenberg
“Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.”
–Robert Anton Wilson
Thinking about perspectives
part of it still seems to involve how to act
when interfacing with other people’s reality tunnel’s
(most of the time if we’re not hermits)
and yes, how they interface with mine..
i do believe there are limits to how much rudeness
one should be willing to accept from another
By rudeness, I mean someone who insists on trying
to supersede my world view with their own by insisting
that theirs is the only way….
I become weary when i hear terms like “should” and “should not”
“always” and “never” tend to make me a bit queasy also
Tho i realize my own hypocrisy with the first. I have used the word should
but then I too am greatly ignorant
I have yet to meet a person whom I can learn nothing from
So many wonderful teachers
but then one thing I have been slowly learning.
If I see the world as being beautiful and interesting
more and more it becomes so
The more love I conceive and perceive
the more I receive
The more open i become to others, the more my life opens…
Little things, perhaps obvious
yet so easily taken for granted at times,
I know I have…
— G A Rosenberg
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Eye Wood by G A Rosenberg
Who else lives in the same universe you do?
In anybody else’s universe we are a guest, and hopefully we can learn to conduct ourselves accordingly.
1) Only touch things with permission and put them back afterwards.
2) Never criticize and give honest feedback only when asked.
3) Don’t have expectations of what we will find in another’s universe of self. I try so hard not to play ‘accidental tourist’ and demand that the universe’s to which i am privileged to visit be just like mine.
4) Look for the beauty wherever we travel. I have never been to a place (or a person) that did not contain beauty.
5) Realize that no matter who I may be communicating and in what way, I carry my universe with its ‘laws’ with me. Perhaps the universe I am privileged to look at is compatible with my own. I can guarantee that in some ways it will be just as I can guarantee that in others it will differ. It seems silly to treat these differences with anything but a sense of wonder and imagination.
(to be continued or further explored) –GAR