“Everything we hear is a personal opinion, not a fact. “Everything we see is a point of view, not the truth,” said Marcus Aurelius.
Reality is far more complicated and multifaceted than what we perceive. Regardless of what we perceive to be true, reality is not always the same. People frequently make assumptions about others, experiences, and the world based on their own limited understanding of the world and its complexities.
Reality is what we believe to be true, says Gary Zukav. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based on our perceptions. What we see is determined by what we seek. What we look for is determined by our beliefs.”
We all perceive things differently because our beliefs, experiences, and values shape how we interpret the world. Everyone has their own interpretation of the truth, shaped by their individual life experiences, beliefs, and worldviews.
The distinction between perception and reality is frequently blurred, and our perceptions of the world around us are frequently misconstrued as facts. What we believe to be the only truth influences how we think, feel, and behave, which in turn influences the outcomes we encounter. Your upbringing, cultural background, social environment, and personal experiences all have an impact on how you perceive reality. What you believe to be true can also be influenced by the media, advertising, and propaganda.
We see the world through our own eyes.
“We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are,” Anais Nin pointed out. Facts are frequently confused with perceptions and realities. While perceptions can provide valuable insights into how people perceive the world, they must be validated against objective evidence before taking action or making judgements. Realities are founded on empirical evidence in the form of empirical observations, measurements, and experiments, which allow us to verify and validate our interpretations of reality. Personal biases or emotions have no effect on them. For example, regardless of how someone perceives it, the Earth revolves around the sun.
Realities are objective, and when closely examined, they can reveal facts that must be considered when making decisions. Understanding the distinction between perceptions and realities is critical because it influences how we perceive the world and make decisions. What we believe to be true can be distorted, leading us to draw incorrect conclusions. Your reality can either impede or accelerate your progress. Someone who has a low opinion of themselves and their abilities, for example, may be less likely to take risks, pursue opportunities, or succeed in their endeavours. Conversely, if a person has a positive perception of themselves and their abilities, they may be more confident, motivated, and successful in their endeavours.
When we have a positive perception of ourselves and our surroundings, we have a more optimistic outlook on life and are more likely to have positive outcomes. “Perception is a reflection, not a fact. “And what I see is my mental state reflected outward,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said. Two people may witness the same event but perceive it differently due to their experiences, beliefs, and biases. You may feel anxious and fearful in everyday situations if you perceive the world to be hostile and dangerous. Perceiving the world as safe and supportive, on the other hand, may make you feel more confident and at ease.
Another example of how perceptions and facts can diverge is political bias. Even if they look at the same data, people with different political beliefs may have different perceptions of the economy based on their political affiliation. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world,” famous philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said. Social media is frequently used to share viewpoints and perceptions. However, it is critical to verify the accuracy of the information being shared before using it to make life or career-changing decisions.
Subjective reality changes.
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend,” novelist and professor Robertson Davies said. As you gain new experiences, learn new information, and encounter new perspectives, your perceptions can change over time. We may reassess our existing beliefs and perceptions as we gain new knowledge and skills. Exposure to new forms of media, such as books, movies, and television shows, has the potential to shape our subjective reality. The media can offer new perspectives and insights into the world, challenging our pre-existing beliefs and biases.
Personal circumstances, such as moving to a new location or experiencing a major life event, can also have an impact on how our subjective reality evolves. Changes can expose us to new experiences and perspectives, which can lead to shifts in our beliefs and attitudes. To gain a clear understanding of the world, we must deliberately step back and acknowledge our biases and misconceptions. Keep an open mind to new experiences and ideas. To promote personal growth and development, learn to critically evaluate your own beliefs and biases. To ensure that your perceptions align with objective reality, approach them with an open mind, seek diverse perspectives, and challenge our own biases and assumptions.
We can better understand the world around us by seeking factual evidence and acknowledging that personal biases can influence perceptions. We can be more open to different perspectives and recognise that our reality is subjective when we understand our perceptions and how they shape our reality. Our perceptions of reality have a significant impact on our lives. Challenge your assumptions to gain a more accurate and balanced understanding of your surroundings.
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Thank you Tanvir. Glad you liked the post.
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“Perception is reality” -Lee Atwater
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