I was introduced to the statement “Perception is reality” many years ago at a business seminar and, at that time, I had to question the logic. My thoughts at that time were that if Perception = Reality , and Reality = Truth, then Perception = Truth which seemed to be total nonsense.
The more I thought about it, the more I understood the basis for stating that “Perception is reality”, and the more examples I saw in everyday life, the more it made sense.
For example, there is one individual who has thoughts of being the next US President who I perceive to be incompetent for such a powerful position. There is no doubt somebody in the US who would dispute that based on their own perceptions of ability. We would both believe that our perception is correct although clearly one of us is wrong (and the truth may well be established in the not too distant future).
This becomes more interesting when we acknowledge that our perception of the world is based on our upbringing, which is heavily influenced by our parents, and modified during our lives as a result of personal experiences.
My parents considered any form of religion to be a “load of rubbish” and yet, due to a number of experiences, I do believe that there is a “higher power”.
My childhood years were in a very trusting, honest and caring environment. It is therefore no surprise that I see the world in much the same way. Of course I realize that not everybody I meet will be trustworthy, honest and caring, but I will initially treat them as if they were. I may learn to treat some isolated individuals differently next time, but those individuals will not affect my overall perception of the world. My perception certainly is my reality.
This is a valuable concept to me because it allows me to see a different view/opinion as simply a different perspective. It does not mean that either one of us is right or wrong, but simply that we have different perspectives!
If anybody comments against this Post in a negative manner, then I will just acknowledge that their life has given them different perspectives. Our perspectives may not ultimately represent the truth, but they are the truth as we believe it to be at any given time.
Imagine a person who has just arrived from a country where drought conditions are standard throughout the year. Imagine the horror on their face as they see me wash my hands under a running faucet. Imagine their reaction when they learn that I keep the shower running all the time that I am in there. Their perception of water would be that it is a valuable and life giving resource to be used sparingly. They would not initially comprehend why we could be so wasteful with it!
Acknowledging the concept that “Perception is reality” provides us with a reason to be more understanding and compassionate when confronted with conflicting views.
We are all where we are today, because of various incidents in our lives. It should therefore become our goal to not prejudge, or otherwise criticize another person’s behavior or life-style, because we simply do not know what has shaped their perspectives.
“Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.” (Author unknown, but attributed to North American First Nations People). Food for thought.