Thomas Wilson

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Power of Perspective Lens

It is so important that we learned how to articulate our ideas. The transfer of information from one person to another in an effort to achieve something cannot be understated. We have gotten so good at it too, some people better than others but ultimately we are quite effective, or ineffective… The world can now be perceived as complex, hence we can lose ourselves in misunderstanding. There are so many ways to describe things and as it pertains to emotions especially, the list appears to me to be nearly infinite. Obviously, we have the macro expressions, sadness, happiness, joy. But then we can go deeper, being full of zeal, stricken with apparent lethargy; going deeper helps us somehow build a better picture of the situation but simultaneously complicates it? Not quite, the complexity doesn’t change, your idea of the complexity changes.This is where we can put ourselves through a wild goose chase, trying to define things that are nebulous to the point of not being particularly meaningful. Contrary to that, we can place ourselves within a mindset that simplifies things to the point of ease, for better or for worse. Example: You are unhappy but do not know why, option 1 is beat the horse to the ground to figure out what is wrong and then ultimately coming to the conclusion that is just you and there is nothing that can change that, or worse don’t come to conclusion, remain sad but still ponderous (this is akin to hell). Option 2 is to step far back and simplify, things could always get much worse, there are many great things out there, you aren’t nothing, and you ABSOLUTELY have something to offer. The trick then is to take responsibility for your life and try to view it though a lense that allows you to achieve, this takes trial and error and the answer lies not in pondering why you are sad, this is certain.

Just as words are tools, they are also inherently restrictive. So, we go forth and label our word and by doing so we close ourselves off from the relative potential of say a fork. The fork is designed for food, but if you get creative, see past the idea of a fork, then surely there is something else it can be used for. That idea works for most day to day objects, and this idea has a juxtaposition… If I get in an airplane, i am aware there there are many moving parts, but it is generally not in the forefront of the mind. I get on in San Fran and get off in Sweden, but I don’t contemplate the turbine engines or the aileron (maybe I do). So the plane, a car, or a mechanical toothbrush are complex but also very simple, it is a matter of PERSPECTIVE. Not to mention somebody who is an engineer, where all he/she knows is a plane and hence planes are child’s play as compared to the Large Hadron Collider which is indeed complex.

I am under the impression that perspective is probably one of the most important factors when thinking about conscious existence. This is because we either put ourselves into boxes of varying size or we are so naive that we find ourselves in a ditch somewhere. Those are two extremes of perception, boxes are when we introduce grossly unnecessary labels and the other is no labels so the ditch you got lost in isn’t a ditch, it is a teapot. On the excessive labels end we find that we can utilize words to construct an understanding of things like other people, which is a wonderful example! You meet person X and you dislike them, it does not matter why, the point is now you are less likely to associate with them even though it is quite possible that they could have been your friend. That is a box created by words in your head, a place that you did not need to go and hence you have cut yourself off from potential. This idea gets more sophisticated when we bring in relative potential, because now some things are justified in being marginalized so as to prevent a sort of distraction. However, it is crucial to understand that potential works in both directions, both negative and positive. Joe cheats on sally, sally can 1) Leave and never look back 2) Let it get in the way of her life so as to disrupt her potential 3) Hit that bitch! They all have their outcomes, one of them is the best option for the two of them (Maybe not Joe but that guy is a cheater so he DID IT TO HIMSELF, ergo Choice)

So what kind of potential should we shoot for? I would argue for the potential that has the optimal outcome for all things concerned, but even this idea can get much more complex. Take for example the prison system, the optimal solution is remarkably challenging. Assuming there is no corruption and also adequate manpower, the optimal solution for a criminal might rehab of some kind, figuring out the rehab that will work is difficult! So then there is a choice, once based on relative potential, it is the judges job to do exactly that, JUDGE if a person has some potential. So now the prosecution and defense have a round at it trying to sway the judge on either side. In a society where the system is run by objective zombies, this would play out swell. The problem is (and this is not going away), that we sometimes are hungry and that happens to affect our mood, which affects whether or not said Criminal is going to prison or not.

So we have explored the ideas of complexity a bit, most things are far more complex than we give them credit for (or maybe they are just far simpler!). There is a hint of irony to this as people problems are often able to be solved simply if the people involved would sit down and have a discussion about it, but wait my ego! Evolution just says eat, sleep, have sex, enter humans and now Sally kissed Suzie and that bothers me so im going to tell Ken that… use your imagination. The bottom line here is the lense that you walk through life with is anything but static, you can change how you perceive your world. There are an infinity of sides to this, and some ways are better than others and some ways fit virtually everyone, however some result in catastrophe and we have to be aware of that! Being aware of the potential for catastrophe based on YOUR perception of your environment (which leads to action) is lesson number ONE in introspection. You can change lenses to FACILITATE POSITIVE OUTCOMES, which I recommend exploring because sometimes it really is unnecessary to go and punch Suzie.

Id also like to put forth an idea of Perspective Determinism: It is the idea that our perspectives determine actions. This is contrary to Determinism in that it poses that there is free will however it must be perceived.

Main Ideas:

-Your idea of how complex something is may not be accurate, realization of exact complexity is mastery

-Labels box things up, often to the point of holding you back, do not overuse them

-Often times remaining objective in the face of disturbance facilitates the best outcome

-Some ways are better than others, tis valuable to contemplate useful vs. non useful thoughts and actions