the map is not the territory

to change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions

A friend said; ‘I’ve learned that what I see isn’t always what I’m seeing…..’

Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  ~  Einstein

Everything we experience is filtered through our own internal maps, rules, preconceptions, prejudices, mores, ethics, and past experiences.  Which is why we can’t always believe what we see, hear, read, and are told by others.  An Australian may see a naked black man and just think that he’s a blackfella gone walkabout.  Whereas an elderly American woman from Virginia may see a naked black man and be so mortally afraid that she’ll call the police.  (I could go on but it get’s rude so use your own imagination…..  See what I mean?)

Nothing has meaning until we interpret the experience through the entirety of our subconscious mind and all the shit that’s in there.  Every single thing you experience is meaningless in its own right.  Only after we have applied all the filters we have learned since before we were even born does a sensory experience actually have any meaning whatsoever.

This is useful, because it means that we don’t have to relearn everything every single time it happens.  If you didn’t know what the dawn meant and how it happens you’d get pretty shocked at daybreak.  And this is one reason we all live in our comfort zones and tend to avoid genuinely new experiences.  The new and unknown can be surprising and scary.

But, this filtering of experiences through the entirety of our unconscious, subconscious, and conscious minds is also bad.  It means that we are closed-minded, never open to seeing the other chap’s point of view, and if we do have an unexpected and new experience we tend to dismiss it out of hand.  For example, if you believe in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, then you will never be open to the argument that there isn’t any such thing ~ no matter the evidence.

What this means that we should always question the evidence of our own eyes; what you see isn’t always what you get.

And maybe 1% of the people on this planet would ever be willing to do that because it requires brutal self-honesty.  Before you can truly see the world, you first have to truly see yourself.

Some say they won’t get fooled again.  And that their point of view is the only point of view worth having.  All I know is that she seems to have invisible touches.


jack collier


the wheels in your mind are in perpetual motion

3 responses

  1. No what we do is we open those eyes wider which allows our mouth to say what is real and true no matter how harsh it is taken.

    Then if we do npt like it we walk away

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  2. So true – we do have to change our perceptions first!

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