February, 2023

Farm Road Fog 05/11/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Yadkin River Valley, Dinkins Bottom, Yadkin County, North Carolina
I have no idea where we get our filters,
the perception sieve that tilts us
imperceptibly toward the way we see/interpret/comprehend/
understand/judge/determine/take things to be,
and away from different/better/worse ways of doing 
the same thing.

We look and see something different
from the way others look at the same thing.

A lot has to do with what we have at stake
in seeing things as we do.

The old "reasonable people can look at the facts
and draw different conclusions,"
suggests to me that the facts mean something
different to the "reasonable people"
doing the looking.

And that they see things based on the implications
their looking has for them and their lives.

Conservative people and liberal people
tend to see things as conservatives and liberals
and not as "reasonable people."

And so on through all of the categories of people
in the encyclopedia of categories.

Our perceptions are biased in favor of our perspective.
What we see when we look flows
from how we look at what we see.

We do not come objective and unbiased into the day,
any day.

We have a lifetime of experiences and preferences
leading us into all of our encounters
through all of the situations and circumstances
that arise in a day.

In the time left for living.

We see who we are,
who we have become
over the course of being alive.

We are going to be consistent 
with our point of view
which has been developed 
through the impact of life upon us
and the impact of the way we have reacted to it
from the beginning.

We cannot get outside of our point of view
to see things "as they are" ever.

However, we can be responsible for understanding
that how we look determines what we see--
and stop talking about "how things are,"
and start talking about "how we see things,"
and why we see things "this way and not that way"
and how "that is the way things are."


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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