Book of Face: Ch. 4, Verses 59-63
What you say vs. What they hear.
Life is a subjective experience.
Each of us interprets the world in a slightly different way, depending on our own experiences/ beliefs/ preconceptions.
Take for example, I say “I went to the store.”
You now have an image in your head.
You may see me hopping in my car and driving to the nearest box store, like a wal-mart (:() or costco.
The next person may see me walking to the nearest convenience store, like a 7-11, or a mom n’ pop shop.
Someone else may see me heading to my local mall.
Now ask yourself, in this image; what kind of store? if I drove, what kind of car? If I walked, is it cold?
You see when we are given a piece of information there is much we do not know, and there is much that our minds fill-in. And that is based on our perception and our preconceptions.
I try to keep this in mind when I write, even when I speak. Although I may say one thing, there is no guarantee that you interpret it the way I intended it. You are not me (well you are, but that’s a whole can of worms for another day). Your subjective experiences are not mine, or anyone else’s for that matter, that’s what makes you unique, and therefore special.
That is why I do this. If you saw the world exactly as I saw it, why would I bother to communicate ideas to you? Why would I care about your thoughts on the subject? Why would I ask for your feedback? You would have nothing new to offer me. No new perspective.
But joyfully you do. You read what I write, and you make it your own. And with a little hope and some perseverance, you may give it back to me, with your own spin. Maybe something touches a nerve, resonates with your being, make you think, makes you feel, inspires you. I encourage you to channel that. Make it your own, it’s a gift. Use whatever it makes you feel to create something of your own; perhaps a picture, a poem, a few lines of prose, a research paper on transubstantiation, a doodle, a thought.
And if you feel comfortable doing so, please share. I would love to see what my words and images affect in others.
This is how we grow.
Every time we share what is inside of us we create something new. We pass our divine spark onto the next person, and the next, and the next. And all of sudden we look around, and things aren’t quite the way they were before, they’re a little different, a new idea is floating around in this collective reality. A new way of thinking, a new way of doing, a new way of perceiving the world around us. Its how every new idea came to us.
Take Einstein for instance. We say he came up with the theory of relativity. And yeah he put the final pieces in place, ironed out some rough edges. But he didn’t do it in a vacuum. He was inspired by the works of others, built off their ideas, added to the ideas that were already out there.
And there’s the rub. We have to stop putting individuals on pedestals. We have to start realizing that this is a collective endeavor. We are all (every single one of us) creating the world in which we live, every minute of every day.
So what kind of world do you want to live in? Heaven or Hell? Beauty or darkness?
You have to start realizing your place in this world. Your contribution to the collective endeavor. Your own unique perspective.
That is why you are here. It’s why you don’t see the world exactly like everyone else.
I do my best to convey a meaning when I write, I try to paint a picture. But as with any art, we interpret it in our own way. We put it out in the world and hope that someone understands, sees it in the way we intended (or at least close). But why? Because we have something to say, we have a need to express. Words have their limitations, but they have their usefulness. We use what we have, and share what we use.
There is the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I think that “Meaning is in the heart of the beholder.”
My heart hopes you find meaning in my writing.