Perspective: Do you see what I see?

Do you think it’s possible to ever truly see the world from another person’s perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world?

I touched on how difficult it is to know how we appear to others last month in Daily Prompt: Mirror Mirror – and yesterday I tried to put myself into the shoes of somebody I don’t actually know in Perspective: Me and Not Me.  Let me tell you, it was not easy and I’m not sure I succeeded with either post.

Physically, I don’t believe it is possible to entirely see the world from another person’s perspective for the very simple reason that we are not looking through the same pair of eyes. The best we can get is a good approximation.

As to being held tightly to our own way of viewing the world, when it comes to attitude, being bound is a choice, not a condition.  If we don’t entirely see what others see, they can explain their take on the subject and we can choose to agree or disagree.  That choice will be mostly rooted in our own experiences and situations.

Factor in the different approaches we take on the way to understanding our world, dependent on whether we have left- or right-brain tendencies.  Where your understanding harmonises with another’s, the likelihood is that you will have a shared perspective on at least some things, but it is highly unlikely that any one person could see 100% of everything in exactly the same way as anybody else.

Ask yourself, do you share the same point of view on everything with anybody you know?  How could you measure whether you have compared your views on every possible subject?

NaBloPoMo February 2014 – Picture from Another Point of ViewRoundup


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