There is an experiment where two groups of individuals are shown four identical illustrations - three were labeled differently - and given an opportunity to comment on what they believe. As most humans have the ability to make an opinion the results are telling. The opinions of the four groups varied widely. Does this prove that people will believe what they are told? No, because in each group the opinions split. However, it was interesting that in each group there were those who were led by the statements, those who were not led and gave statements of opposition.

Observe the image below in which you can see how the same phenomenon (the extruded star hovering in the center) can have two different perceptions depending on the position of the observer.

The shadows on the wall show what the participants might see if they were standing to the left or right of the suspended object. A person standing to the left would see the outline of a star, where a person standing to the right would instead see a square, and be oblivious to the shape of the star. Neither, might assume that the object was indeed three dimensional unless they were to change their stance.

Consider whether the statement in the illustration actually led you to believe that all three were the truth or not. Then give your opinion in the comments box below...



While, the first thought is that this explains how our perspective determines what we see as the "truth", this may or may not be the truth as it is universally defined. Does it show that what is true for me and what is true for you are neither the real truth, but our own version of reality?

In the end, any representation that purports to change the truth in one's mind will only change the perceptions in that mind, but not in other minds, which are isolated and not interacting in the same manner.

In physics this may relate to the wave/particle experiments where observation changes how we must reconcile what is actually happening.

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  1. Laura Sullivan says:

    This is about being open minded. Rarely does anyone have the full picture, we get attached to our individual truth, and become closed off to the perspective of others.

    Our attachments to our perspective are what we have learned, especially as a way of coping, and feeling safe.

    When those things are challenged the less conscious parts of our brain get scared and we react out of fear. If our truth isn’t true our whole perspective has to evolve!

    So acknowledge, be mindful that you have your own truth, other have theirs, and that we’re all just trying to cope with living together on a giant rock flying through an infinite universe around a giant fiery orb. Allow others to have their own perspective on things and try to get along.

    Then ask yourself, “Am I open to the truth of others? If not what am I really afraid of?”

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