We don’t see things the way they are…

“We don’t see things the way they are, we see them the way we are.”

Take a moment to think about this: Have you ever considered whether your opinion about something or the position you’ve taken might have more to do with what’s already set in your mind and heart rather than what actually is?

I pride myself on being a very open-minded person. As an actor, I like to think about things as another person would—how something could be seen from their eyes based on who they are and what they know. I always joke and say I’d make a great judge because my mind is seldom made up before I know a substantial amount from all sides. But even in this open-mindedness there’s plenty of room left for blindness to the ways things actually are. Perhaps too much information can cloud the truth. Sometimes things just are what they are, right?

But this statement can actually mean more with regard to our overall view the things that happen in our lives and whether we make the choice to see them with the eyes of our past and how we always see things, or whether we take each situation individually and chose to at least try to see it from every angle for what it is.

Everything that makes up who we are: our race, our gender, and especially religion leave deep impressions on our belief about things or what they should be. Our perceived innocence or guilt of police officers, a media-convicted terrorist or an actual convicted murderer may have more to do with our own history than it is does any facts we’ve been fed. Or view of wins or losses, success or failure, glass half empty or half full, all have to do with the way we are and how we chose to look things.

So think about it: Is there something that you’ve been looking at with a closed mind? Or even a mind that’s perhaps too open?

Today’s assignment: think of one recent situation where you might’ve come to a conclusion based solely, or even mostly, on what you already had made up in your mind, and write two sentences about how you could’ve looked at it differently.

Today’s word is from the Talmud, a central text of Rabbinic Judaism, but was popularized by Anais Nin: a writer born to Cuban parents in France in 1903, best known for her journals, novels, erotic literature and short stories. She died in 1977.

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music from this episode was provided by Khalil Ismail
intro: “Lose Control” from Red Pill Electronic [download]
outro: “First We Need the Love” from Red Pill Electronic [download]

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