We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. Each one of us will see something filtered through our own perceptions. Perception is fallible: that every person is or has been guilty at some point in one’s life of misunderstanding another, of misjudging a situation, of filtering an experience through one’s own history or one’s own issues and misinterpreting what was really occurring. Each person sees and judges with their own beliefs, preconceptions, interpretation, and attitude.
We believe in our reality, as we see it. Not only do we tend to see what we expect to see, we also tend to experience what we expect to experience. Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are—or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions.
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