Seeing and believing

We rely much, sometimes excessively on sight.  We act much, sometimes excessively on belief.  We forget that seeing and believing are simply individual and imperfect mechanisms to process reality and transform it into perception.

Our sight is dependent on individual anatomic factors.  The alignment, clarity and correlation of retina, eye lens and optical nerves are decisive for the result’s correctness.  Our opinion is dependent on individual psychological or experiential factors.  The moment, the mood and previous experience matter.  There are facts or persons never encountered before and yet we strive, for better or for worse, to classify them in our opinions album.

Sometimes sight can be deceitful.  It depends on the light, distance, and angle.  Optical illusions are based on the eye inability to distinguish a clear image.  Sometimes our opinion can be deceitful.  It is born too quickly, too aligned with others, too categorical or one-dimensional or uncolored.

We are bothered when our sight is not good enough and we seek correction methods.  Sight is basically a natural process and its imperfection can be cured by external means: eye glasses (3D included), contact lenses, microscopes, telescopes or binoculars.

We are bothered to accept that our opinion may not be good.  External factors can help improving our opinion – friends, specialists, role models or mentors.  Forming an opinion is an extremely personal process so its imperfection can be corrected mainly by internal means, especially our readiness to change.  First we need to accept the uncomfortable or even revolting idea that we may be wrong.  Then we should listen to other opinions, filter reality according to our interests and values, and review the selection and distillation of the aspects considered when forming an opinion.  In the end we might open alternatives to avoid being called “short-sighted”.

SEE you!