Perception Is King…Or Is It?

“We have to recognize that the world is not something sculptured and finished, which we as perceivers walk through like patrons in a museum; the world is something we make through the act of perception.”

-Terence McKenna

Perception is a peculiar thing. When we perceive the way an event happened, we are trying to cultivate an understanding of how and what occurred through our own personal lens. Does this mean then that our perception is not reality? We know that what people perceive is usually what they believe, and this is based on what they hear, see and think. When it comes to events that happen in our lives, most of the time we cannot control what happens but we can always control our reaction to an event.

When then does the perception of an event become the reality? If enough people see the same event, and as a result have the same perception of the event, is it then considered the reality? And what then do we do if different people have different reactions to that same event? Is this where, after seeing and hearing something, we then rely on the thinking aspect to gauge an emotional response? One of anger, or of sadness?

Should we be careful to limit our analysis of events if we are not sure of their origin?

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Perception Is King…Or Is It?

  1. Barb Knowles

    We all bring our own experiences and expectations to all events. From something as simple as a movie, to a meeting, to the horror of the slaughter in Texas yesterday. At the risk of starting an avalanche of comments, a basic question for me is how to crazy people get access to these guns? I grew up with a father who hunted occasionally and an ex-husband who hunted occasionally. Both were ex-military and had a respect for the use of guns. But because of all the lives taken, such as happened yesterday, I just can’t understand the ease with which people get guns. Do I have all the facts in this case? No. But I live 20 minutes from Sandy Hook and know one of the teachers murdered there. No amount of persuasion will convince me that the NRA has any valid points.
    Perhaps this isn’t where you were going with this post…..it’s all about perception.

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  2. The Zen Hiker Post author

    Actually I wrote this about five days ago and it mainly had to do with our work situation!!!! But you do raise some valid points. I see two issues here-1) the question of mental illness and how it relates to being able to gain access to weapons and 2) what would be an effective strategy to deal with this? Even if you could ban all guns tomorrow,the fact that there are so many guns in the country would just create a huge black market for weapons. A black market already exists and does quite well. Do I want to see a ban on weapons? Not really. But do I want to see some common sense legislation on who should be able to own weapons? You bet. As always, thanks very much for the comment!

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