perceptions.

how can perceptions among individuals be so vastly different?
how can people perceive situations, relationships, actions, words, and even motivations in ways that couldn’t be more opposite?

whose perception is right? is one right?
is the one perceiving…is it both…is it a mixture?

how do these differences arise?
do some arise out of inflated expectations?
do some arise out of a false sense of reality?
do some arise out of naivety?

every person enters a situation with perceptions–how one was raised, the experiences one has, past decisions, future plans, relationships one has with others.

each conversation, each action, each relationship and each experience brings these perceptions out (either covertly in the conversant’s mind or overtly in the conversant’s speech).
each conversation, each action, each relationship and each experience impedes or enhances these perceptions.
each conversation, each action, each relationship and each experience shades how subsequent conversations, actions, relationships and experiences are handled.

peter rollins puts it this way:

we can say that we never see the world as it really is…but always place meaning onto it….
we can still talk of a real world: it is just that we can never see it in an unadulterated manner because, as interpretive beings, we always filter the real world through our experiences, language, intelligence, culture and so forth. ~rollins, how (not) to speak of god, pages 10&11.

guess we simply must live with the ambiguity…
voicing our own perceptions, working to see from another’s, and meeting somewhere in the middle.

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