Daily Nugget of Gold 968
A long while ago, a young man we knew whom was blind in one eye went to a 3D movie. Even though he donned the special glasses, he came back to us to report, with all sincerity, that he was disappointed that the movie didn’t seem to be any different to him than any other movie. Most of us are familiar with how we perceive depth of vision, but in case you aren’t, we’ll cover it briefly. Since our eyes are separated slightly from their points of view, each eye takes in a slightly different perspective- enough however, that as our brain processes the images we see, we can perceive a 3 dimensional image rather than a flat, 2 dimensional image.
Tinted or polarized glasses give each eye a different view and while there are other ways of making motion pictures seem 3 dimensional, these are the most common. It is noteworthy that depth perception means that we must see things from a different perspective, and this can be achieved by seeing things from a different physical place and/or a filter of some kind, right?
So why did we bring all of this up today? One definition of depth holds that the concept of knowing more about a particular subject depends on how well we are able to comprehend it; and that depends on our ability to grasp more than one point of view about it. Now, we have both a fortunate and unfortunate handicap in that regard. All experiences we have are then compared to our own memory and it is unique to us and us alone. That’s fortunate in that this is our individualized consciousness in action, that sense that we are unique- but it’s unfortunate in that it makes it more difficult to see things from anyone else’s point of view. In fact, it’s impossible to fully experience things from their perspective because we can’t possibly know every little detail of every experience they’ve ever had that created their unique memory, and likewise, they can’t possibly know ours.
Understanding that, however, means that the idea of at least trying to see something from another person’s point of view is important, because only then do we add depth to our own. If we only look at things from the same physical or mental place, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that we are seeing the whole picture when in fact, we are really only seeing a shallow 2 dimensional view. Does that make sense to you?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I more frequently take in another person’s point of view in determining what’s real?”
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