Perspectives: An Introduction

The Wisdom Of Considering The Perspectives Of Others ~


It's an unavoidable human reaction - when we're presented with an idea, a circumstance, an event, etc, as we observe and consider what's before us we are informed, and so swayed, by our own personal perspective of the idea, circumstance, or event. What we think and how we feel about things is defined, not by the things themselves, but by our perspective of things. The particular perspective we are each informed by is defined by our individual temperament, our personal experiences, and our private philosophy of life. That of course means, everybody's perspective is their own, it is how WE see things, what WE conclude, why WE react as we do, etc. It is incumbent upon each of us, if we are to be reasonable people, to recognize that there is the reality of how a thing factually is, and there is the perception of that reality that is particular to each one of us, and that our perception is not necessarily concordant with the factual reality.

It might seem a fatal disadvantage to have our personal perception of things standing between us and reality, that everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things, that we don't simply observe reality as it factually is but that instead we interpret reality as our private perception of things presents that reality to us - but the truth is, I believe, that this normal human condition enables us to benefit from a reliance on others, it schools us in not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, it is what compels us toward relationship. Because we don't all see everything in just the same way, because we each have our own beliefs and opinions, the wise person comes to recognize that he needs his fellow man.

Many are familiar with the account of several people standing on all sides of an elephant; one describes the beast as having two legs and no other features except for a rather plain tail. Another contends that it has four legs and a massive body with giant ears. Still another declares the others are all mistaken and that it has tiny eyes and an astoundingly long nose, etc. Only as they all share their own individual perspectives do they realize they are all looking at the same creature and come to understand that it is an elephant. None of them were wrong, but they could only see from their own perspective, to uncover the truth, they needed the perspectives of all. I think it was C. S. Lewis who said something very close to "I cannot see God with only mine own eyes - I must see Him with the eyes of all His people if I am going to see Him as He truly is".


It is with a genuine appreciation of community, a sincere esteem for the perception of others, and a recognition of the human need for relationship, that I happily introduce a new series of hubs offering several different perspectives on a specific theme. The 'Perspectives:' series will present a variety of views on a new theme, or topic, every month from some familiar hubbers and some perhaps not so familiar hubbers.



Our 'Perspectives' Authors ~


Maria Couchara Jordan

Known as marcoujor on HubPages for the last 18 months, I have found a passion for writing, in addition to my life careers of Nursing and Teaching. My profile and some interviews along the way will tell you any specifics you may wish to know about Maria Couchara Jordan. I was

beyond thrilled to be asked to participate in the 'Perspectives:' series! I have found with age (50, to be precise!) and life experience that I finally have a 'Perspectives:' to offer. How cool is that...?!



Mickey Haist Sr.

I use 'MickeySr' for just about everything I do online (and when signing the endless parade of greeting cards my wife is relentlessly setting in front of me). My name actually is Mickey and my wife and I have a Mickey Jr - so, I'm MickeySr. I'm 58 years old, originally from the San Francisco area now transplanted to Hershey, Pa. I married my high school sweetheart and we've been together for over 40 years, raised 6 children, and are currently hovering at 12 grandchildren.


Along with hubs on theology, history, social commentary, music, films, etc, I've also published a number of poetry hubs. I recently reached my first year anniversary with HubPages and was delighted, very early on, to win a HubNugget Award for one of my first hubs. Tragically, it's only been downhill from there, with no more awards or acclaim - except for a handful of very faithful followers who diligently leave very encouraging comments . . . thank you all.


I am enthusiastic to be included among this fine company of writers as one of the contributors to this new 'Perspectives:' series. And, I'm probably not quit as brutally dull as the previous two paragraphs have undeniably suggested . . .



bravewarrior

My profile speaks of Cherokee heritage in my bloodline. If you read my hub “How I Became Bravewarrior” you’ll know how important that part of my heritage is to me. While minute (1/16th), the Cherokee Spirit has kept me alive and has given me the drive to keep moving and overcoming. My given name is Shauna. I’m known by family as Sha. I have in the past year invited a select few friends to call me Sha. That may sound vain, but for me to extend a very personal part of me, means you’ve made a permanent mark on my heart.


In the beginning Bravewarrior came to me via imagination. Again, read my story. Many on HP assume I’m the man in my profile picture. No. That’s my brother, who has the Cherokee spirit far more imbedded than I. Perhaps not! His is embedded in his artwork and writing. Mine is embedded in personal strength. I’ve pulled myself out of every negative situation in which I’ve found myself. Most were self-dug holes. Bravewarrior has helped me recognize that and fix it. Some were through ugly happenstance. Bravewarrior has allowed me to pick myself up by the bootstraps and not let infringement break my rose-colored glasses. I am strong because of Bravewarrior.


I am honored to be a part of 'Perspectives:'. My life has been based upon bettering myself because of reflection. In this series, I hope my rose-colored philosophy is grasped by those who need to come out of the darkness. I never take them off!



Mohan Kumar

Inspired by a long line of physician-writers such as Chekhov, Crichton and Conan Doyle I also picked up the pen with a desire to string words together that would reach across divides towards an appreciative readership. A practicing physician, a medical teacher, a passionate writer and possessor of an incurable curiosity, I have been writing on hubland for nearly a year and a half as Docmo.


My given name is Mohan Kumar and I am delighted with the honour of offering my 'Perspectives:' on the subject at hand along with my splendid and talented friends in this assemblage of awesomeness. Having already pledged an oath to Hippocates, I offer a further oath that whatever that 'Perspectives:' is, dear reader, we promise to keep you entertained.



Martie Coetser

I am from South Africa, writing fiction and non-fiction since the age of twelve, though only on a professional level since 1991. Writing has been always my hobby; by occupation I am an accountant hoping to resign before the age of 60 in order to write all the best seller novels brooding in the back of my mind.


Since 1991 I mainly wrote short stories for magazines, plays for inspiring play-actors and stories for puppet shows. After a couple of memorable achievements and awards I became an online coach for short story writing at a local site for freelance writers in 2010.


Through devastating experiences and random studies in my desperate efforts to achieve essential goals, I obtained broad perspectives on many issues. I share them with love and the hope that it will enlighten and delight all troubled souls and even those who are not troubled at all.


Playing the piano whenever I get the time and enjoying the company of my four grandchildren and their parents, keep me sane and extremely happy. On top of this happiness I have recently met – at last; thank heavens; touch wood - the man of my dreams. So if I happen to lose the crux of a matter while sharing my 'Perspectives:', just blame it on Love.


Vickiw

I am very excited, and truly honoured to become the newest member of the Perspectives team. How could anyone not want to enjoy such an opportunity to learn more life lessons, and hopefully improve on their writing capabilities at the same time?

I am the only non-founding member of this group, and have great respect and admiration for all of my new peers on the team.It is always a lovely surprise to read their different perspectives on each single topic.

Like others, life has handed me some lemons, but I consciously try to always make lemonade with them.

More details may be found on my profile page.

I tend to regard life as an adventure, and have always been open to new experiences. As a natural consequence, I have travelled the world, and have friends in many places. It is only since I started writing on HP that I came to realize my bank of friends has increased incredibly. Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful support and meaningful comments on my work.

Each author is free to approach the theme or topic in whatever manner they choose - an essay, a poem, a photo gallery, etc, with well-researched information, with humor, according to their own experience and understanding or personal faith, etc, etc. Each contributor will be sharing their 'Perspectives:' on that month's theme.


We (of course) hope you find the 'Perspectives:' series useful and enjoyable and that it becomes a regular feature of your HubPages experience, one that you look forward to and participate in with your comments . . . we also plan on inviting guest contributors each month and are happy to accept suggested themes or topics.


Our first 'Perspective' will be published Saturday, September 15th, on the theme 'Perspectives: Knowing Your True Self'. Each subsequent month's theme will be announced in the previous month's hubs. If you see a theme that interests you, one you'd like to add your perspective to, if you'd like your HubPages avatar in that month's 'question mark' box below, please don't hesitate to volunteer.


Thereafter we will begin a regular publishing schedule of the 15th of every month. The October 15th edition will be 'Perspectives: Vanity' - if you are interested to be our guest contributor to this theme, please . . .


Let MickeySr know of your interest and he will bring it to the attention of the group. As we don't pretend to advance ourselves as the grand arbiters of 'worthy' hub efforts, it may just follow a course of first come-first serve.



The June 'Perspectives:' theme will be 'Beauty' - if you are interested to be our guest contributor to this theme, please contact MickeySr letting him know of your interest.

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Awesome into my friend! And awaaaay we go!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Wow, I was convinced that elephant was ... Oh never mind, I get your perspective, Mickey... And oh baby, will you get mine...!

You are a patient, yet at times loving irritant, with your precision and fascinating attention to details. I have loved my time, so far with Sista Wives and the Doc...and we haven't even started.

Voted UP and oh so UFABI...yes, YOU are funny! Hugs, Maria


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Thanks Mickey for such a comprehensive introduction. I am proud to be part of this fascinating project and honored to be included among such hub-elite. You are all some of my favorite writers on hubland and I am looking forward to all the 'perspectives' ( including my own!)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

“Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night!” - Betty Davis


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Mickey, perception, perspective and interpretation is certainly the roots of all relations, good and bad. There is no way people can come to an agreement and live in peace and harmony if they don't understand and accommodate each other's perspectives.

This is beyond debate: ".... everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things..."

I feel honored to have the opportunity to expose mine to all of you. I hope that we will inspire all readers to review theirs and to share them with us. I do have an open mind and I am always willing to broaden my frame of mind with the perspectives of others.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I look forward to this wonderful series and the great writers that make up this group. Well done and I can hardly wait for the first installment.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Nice to meet other hubbers and find out about them.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

This was very well put together, looks like it took a great deal of collaborative efforts, and this shows just a mere fraction of the awesomeness that the hubpages community possess for us all.

I especially like the heart felt persepctives shared from each and every writer here, I also liked the ending, pretending to be something you're not is just childish, and so I dig what you words have laid down here.

The final image tops this hub off as a master piece of sorts, and it couldn't have been done without such great authors as yourselves teaming up together to set a good trend for a change, and this is a wonderful example for much newer hubbers to follow, as well as some older hub veterans who been going at it alone, or with folks who aren't as cooperative as you all seem here.

Lovely hub, thumbs up, and getting shared quite naturally as well.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Cloud, you have no idea the back and forth emails we've generated in agreeing on a format. Hopefully, we will bring forth the wonderful perspective you've spoken in your comment! The best is yet to come....


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

To my fellow 'perspectivesistsersiers', I hope you approve of the introduction to our series, although, I'm not sure if for us starting-out with the same perspective on something is such a good idea - well, just this once I hope we're all in agreement that the introduction is satisfactory.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

mckbirdbks ~ “Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night!”

Now you got me thinking . . . why did I get myself hooked-up with these maniac people, what was I thinking?!

p.s. I hope you're considering being one of our early guest contributors . . ?


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Mickey, just for your information, I like a good fight, so you better not disagree with my perspectives....

Maybe we are only going to prove that great minds think alike? Or, for all we know, we're going to prove that 'narrow' minds think alike? Whatever, we are going to prove something.

I share your hope that mckbirdsbks consider being one of our guest contributors on one or more of our topics.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh now ya got me thinking...Momma warned me about maniacs, Mickey.

Way to attract guest writers, boss.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Since the Father of Perspectives, our own beloved MickeySr has refused a preview of what our perspectives are, he'll either love us to death or disown us as his Cyber Harem! Sorry, Doc, you're on your own here, unless of course, you also claim we absolutely outstanding phenominally sexy women as yours too. Then you'll have to go to bat with our founder and Master!


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

billybuc ~ thanks for coming by, and I hope you're happy with our efforts tomorrow.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Grip your computers, ladies and gentlemen... the tension is building!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Fantastic and interesting series. Just read Martie's sensational hub on happiness and headed straight here. I'm a bit behind my work. So many images come up with so many things to ponder and consider. Great line-up. Looking forward to the next and passing this on.


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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

What !! what go on ? what I miss ? looks gooood !!!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Having read MartieC's hub, creating a comment, then to my surprise a twitch at the mouse became a glitch and creativity gone. Oh my, those lions, tigers, and bears of synchronicity led me here.

Very well argued thorough explanation of intent, Mickey, and thank you. I am both intrigued and decided. The little time I have may well be spent sharing that time reading your contributions of discovery through explorations of space, both inner and outer, defining both the art and the intellectual.

Just a quick tid-bit of MartieC's hub is with an eye of curiosity cinematography is the Easter egg. Perspective proposed as dimensional with the depth of time travel becomes not black and white, an affect, yet dancing with color and imagery, huh, or an effect? How?

Hold the mouse, then scroll swiftly upward and downward along the hubs length (one may have to make an adjustment at the mouse config for success) Think the roaring 20's and you have a movie where perspective comes alive with another form of art adding to the writing. Myself, laughing as a child within discovery, mesmerized of the movie while knowing the script and the writer, well, I now smile.

They say curiosity killed the cat, yet a cat has nine lives. How many hub series will there be. I see learning for me, maybe not another, there be five components, pausing, of which is a sense, or life as we know while that sixth is either who knows, or 'I Dun'no.'

Being in theta, surfing that wave along passing through the curl heading into potential and finality both, I pop through the other side intrigued there be several dolphins doing the same - having fun.

Again, standing with ovation, seeing ovulation, and sensing overt sharing, I seek knowing 'there be gold in dem' der' hills.

Mitch

(suggestion: Where is the headquarters hub? Someplace I can seek the up to date publications of this series, time being of essence at times. Have a great day each of you and thank you too!)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This looks to be an interesting series. I will attempt to keep up. Great idea.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

tsmog, if you follow any or all of us, HP will notify you when we post new hubs. We plan on posting within this 'Perspectives' series the 15th of each month for the next six. Based on popularity and feedback, we may continue beyond our initial target.


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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

tsmog that might well be the best comment I've ever read !!!!!

Love it !!!

Simba :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A fascinating endeavor. I wish the group a continued success on a very interesting theme and anxiously make my way to the first round of hubs.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank You bravewarrior. This will be a fun adventure with learning of others, pondering perceptions of some 'knowers' while comparing / contrasting seeking likeness and differences. Perspective comes into play with personal perceptions of each 'knower' while realizing I am an 'another' when looking through glass. (symbolic interaction - Cooley's 'looking glass theory')

I realized an answer to my dilemma with fast retrieval - pinterest. Or, sharing both the cause of 'the exploration I enter, its discoveries of affect, while seeking its effect as an observer of self and others. Thankfully it will month by month and time is not trepidation, yet an ally of the quest.

I'm off now on that adventure of learning. Again I emphatically thank each of you within the component of wholeness and parts.

Mitch


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

CloudExplorer ~ very lovely thoughts and generous compliments, thank you so much.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Gypsy Rose Lee ~ thanks for visiting, and leaving a comment . . . I hope you'll consider being one of our guest contributors (our next theme, for October, will be 'Vanity' . . ?).


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Sounds interesting MickeySr. Tell you what I'll see what I can cook up and then ship it off to you then you can tell me what you think and if printable it's yours. Try to get it to you soon as I can. Believe you said publishing date is Oct. 15 and where do I send the article? Since the new profiles I can't seem to locate where I can get in touch with anyone. Is it just me? lol Thanks for considering me.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Gypsy, intrinsic in the idea behind 'Perspectives' series is that each are free and encouraged to share their perspective, unregulated, unfiltered . . . the way we're doing it is that we all have the same theme, publish at the same time, and then link all our hubs together. We, as a group, seek a consensus as to who we are all favorable to have as a guest contributor, but what they write is fully up to them. So, if you would like to work with us on "Vanity" (being confident that the group would be delighted) we would all see your work just as the rest of the net would see it, no review or 'approval' . . . shall I take your name to our group suggesting you for our first guest writer?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

OK you got it and thanks so much. I will be nervous though of the results. Let me just get this straight the title will include Perspectives: etc... whatever title I choose.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

"Perspectives: Vanity ~ whatever you choose"

. . . so, should I count you in as our October 15th 'Vanity' guest contributor, like, tell the others to call off any searching?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Yes you can count on me. I'll write it up and publish on Oct. 15. Will try to coordinate the time we're 7 hours ahead of you. Thanks and hugs.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Rasma,

Thank you, this is indeed exciting news. You are a fabulous writer and will be amazing. None of us are experts about anything...even though Mickey thinks he is (and you know how to humor that old coot).

You did great with your interview by being yourself. Have fun with us... and laugh with us at Mickey! Hugs and always here if you have questions, Maria


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Glad to be a part of the team Maria. Just thinking about writing this up has given me much inspiration so I believe that you all will like my vanity article. If I have any probs or ques will give you a shout. Hugs.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

So awesome for us to be VAIN about our VANITY articles...(lol)

I am so excited that you have joined us. I love your energy and know your work will be fabulous...Hugs, Maria


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a marvelous gift this will be. My favorite writers all giving insight and inspiration. I love you all and thank each of you for this project. Mickey, this is an amazing introduction. Thank you for contributing your vast knowledge. Much success to all!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is a fascinating subject, Mickey. I look ford to reading more as this series progresses…and with so many of my favorite writers and hubbers. :-)


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

vocalcoach ~ I hope you're following us in this experiment . . . and I hope you'll join us on one of our upcoming themes . . ?


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

I find this a fascinating subject. I grew up in a family of eight. It took me many years and many conversations with my immediate family members to realize that our perception of each others lives was vastly different to the reality. I look forward to reading more Hubs in this series. Voted up


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Genna East ~ thanks so much, I hope you are following along and enjoying the series . . . the next one, on the 15th (May) the theme will be "What Matters".


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Really cool to see the addition of Vicki's introduction to this hub...

Great job, Mickey...so happy to welcome Vicki to The Perspectives!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm back again to read and enjoy the introduction to 'perspectives.' Consider me a huge fan of this series as I am of each writer. You are all the 'cream of the crop' in my book. Blessings and love to you all! Audrey

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