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Different Perspectives: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 22, 2014

We Are One and the Same, but Still…..

A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Steve Jobs

I suspect Mr. Jobs was speaking about more than just computers in that quote.

There are two definitions of perspective that I think are important for this discussion:

The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.

b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.

The first has to do with the individual and his/her relationship with the whole of humanity and in fact life. The other has to do with a point of view unique to each individual. Because I am, by nature, a contrarian, I’ll begin with the second definition and then circle back to the first.

Making a difference one person at a time
Making a difference one person at a time

Our Personal Perspectives

A black man is walking downtown one day when he sees a young white woman trip over the curb and fall down hard on the sidewalk. He rushes over to be of assistance and bends down to help her to her feet.

Stop the story right there and let’s gain some “perspective.”

The young woman was born and raised in Alabama. Her parents were racists, her aunts and uncles were racists and her grandparents were racists. She sees a black man approaching and her heartbeat increases. By the time he reaches her she is panicking and she lets out a scream in fear.

The black man, our good Samaritan in this story, is the son of two school teachers and was born in Minnesota. He was raised in a loving household, a home of compassion and empathy, and he was taught from a young age to help those in need. By the time he reaches the young woman he can see that she is upset and he is determined to do everything possible to help her.

A shop clerk not fifty feet away was raped when she was fifteen. She has lived the past ten years in constant fear, and the scream she hears from outside her shop reminds her of that night long ago when her screams were stifled by a large hand, and her childhood was ripped from her forever. She grabs a baseball bat from under the counter and rushes outside to help her fallen comrade.

Down the block the scream is heard by a couple who are out walking their dog. They see a commotion up ahead, and a woman down, a black man running towards her, and they are reminded of the night their home was violated and all their possessions stolen. They quickly turn around and walk in the opposite direction, safe in their cocoon as the problem fades from view.

One incident, four different perspectives; one reality and yet four completely different interpretations of that reality; welcome to the world of homo sapiens.

An exaggerated example? If you believe that then I have some swamp land for sale in Florida you might be interested in. We humans are a complicated species, the sum total of all of our experiences and lessons learned. There are thirteen billion nerve cells in our minds alone. There are millions of receptors in our bodies gathering information, translating that information and basing beliefs upon that information. We are intellectual and we are primal. We are logical and we are irrational. We are caring, spiteful, magnanimous and petty, all rolled up in one complicated machine that has no equal on this planet.

There are seven billion of us now, and each one of us has a unique perspective that greatly affects our actions and responses to stimuli.

So what’s the point? Do you really need to ask? Until you have walked a mile inside the skin of another, how can you possibly judge them? To put it another way, casting stones might not be the best decision if you are surrounded by the artwork of Dale Chihuly.

It’s all about perspective, baby!

So many different perspectives
So many different perspectives | Source

Words to live by

The Other Perspective

The relationship of one to others and to the whole….

“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”

My thanks to John Lennon for perfectly explaining my next point.

We need each other!

I’m tired and I don’t mind saying so.

I’m tired of the hatred. I’m tired of the name-calling and the apathy and I’ve been tired of it since I first became aware back in the early 1960’s. Nationalism and tribalism and antiquated beliefs based on false premises and it all adds up to an unrealistic view of a very simple reality….we need each other.

This is a global society, interconnected in ways most people are totally unaware of, and the sooner we come to the realization that we need each other the sooner we can put all this nonsense behind us and move forward towards our higher calling. We are angels who, immediately upon receiving our wings, took out a pair of scissors and clipped our wings, thus preventing flight. The scissors represent our incredibly limited understanding of perspective, and until we gain this perspective we are doomed to a life of flopping around on the ground instead of soaring with those who found the truth.

“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together”…..

No man is an island as no man is a universe as no man is a pauper, rich man, ruler or serf. When the Grim Reaper drops by your home, the possessions and best intentions will be tossed upon the refuse pile of insignificance, and all that will count….the only damn thing that will matter…is how you lived your life.

Do you want perspective? You are one of seven billion people and you matter not at all.

Do you want perspective? You are one of seven billion people and you matter greatly.

For this is the great riddle of life: what is insignificant and significant at the same time?

You!

So It Seems to Me

The only way, and I mean the one chance, that any of us have to get this thing called life right, is to come to an understanding that we are all equally important, and that every damn one of us has infinitely more commonalities than we have differences.

The only way we have any chance is to toss aside the blinders and begin to understand the perspectives of others, and once armed with that knowledge to begin walking around inside each other’s skin.

The only way we avoid a doom of our own making is to love each other as we love ourselves.

And that, my friends, you can take to the bank.

How’s that for perspective?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, amazmerizing...thank you so much.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Ahhh... I was so hoping you would! Perfect hub!

      BTW I voted you for Hub King ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      amazmerizing, I'll not only put it in my pipe but I'll smoke on it. :) Thank you!

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Hello Mr Bill... ;) Loved the article, of course. You just got all the words right, as usual! I'm right there with ya... up until the parting of the 2 perspectives. As in the first with the 4 people seeing differing views is only natural one would have to agree. As we are only a product of the sum of our experiences. Yet I hate to disagree my friend, but it has been my experience that there are actually a very fine few of us out there who are blessed/burdened with the ability to see things from many other points of view. I too have the curse/blessing and I struggle constantly with it. For some reason this article puts me in the mind of that old TV commercial with the trash all over and the native American astride his horse with a tear rolling down his cheek. He knew what you and I know, we are not very much unlike the honeybees. Put that in yer pipe! ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty...clever play on words. Thank you! :)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Great perspective as usual Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We must, Dianna, and we must be willing to learn about the differences....unless we just want to continue with this madness. :) Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love how you brought individual perspectives out through this post. We have our differences, but we must learn to respect the rights of others.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles...it's always nice to see you again....are you gone from HP? Well, thank you my friend.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago

      Well you certainly hit the nail on the head with this hub! I loved reading it and love the John Lennon words. It is one of my very favorite songs. Really, really good read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, they are, indeed, brilliant comics.....an icon of our culture and one that we all can enjoy endlessly.

      Thank you; I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I adore Calvin and Hobbes. For me, they are the best books of child raising ever. Calvin sums up what kid are about. They're imaginative, stubborn, joyful, destructive, thoughtful, mischievous all the ingredients that turns everyday into a possible new adventure. My kids love them too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I love it. I looked up the Calvin and Hobbes strip and it was perfect....and possibly a bit too close to the truth.

      Thank you for the thoughts on this. As usual, your quality mind leaves us all with something to think about.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, useful, and interesting. Yes, we each have a different perspective, and that perspective changes with experience. A few years ago when I was living in Idaho, I started a Conversation Cafe (conversationcafe.org). Those meetings were always fascinating, as persons with quite different perspectives conversed civilly about various topics. Like, a quadriplegic and an old man who watched his wife die in pain had quite different perspectives on doctor assisted suicide and euthanasia. And those where just two of the perspectives in the conversation. "Hearing" one another brought such discussions past the simplistic level to an appreciation of life's complexities.

      Search Google on

      neo cubist perspective still wrong dad

      to see a Calvin and Hobbes strip about perspective.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, Joe, a paradox for the ages, and you stated it perfectly.

      Stanwood? You were just a spit and a holler up the road from me. LOL

      Have a great weekend my friend, and blessings to you and your wife.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you hit it right on the head....looking for common ground. My goodness, how cool would that be if everyone practiced that principle?

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I was in Stanwood last weekend. My brother-in-law and I were standing on the second story deck of one of the structures on his property. I was absolutely blown away by the awesome sight of millions of stars against the black canopy above.

      Talk about instant perspective.

      I heartily agree with you on a significant point you made in this article. Paraphrased: We are all more alike than we are different!

      My friend, I accept that premise. And because I do, I have greater license to be unique. An interesting paradox, to be sure.

      Have a great weekend, Bill! See you at the next hub!

      ~Joe

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Everyone has their own opinion, it's respecting that and looking for common ground that we should really be focusing on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that is my hope....and where there is hope there is the chance for understanding.

      Thanks my friend.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every person that reads and understands this will gain a new perspective. It is as it should be, one step at a time. For every heart that shares and opens a hand, another one with gain the benefit of friendship and understanding.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Man of Strength, then you are more understanding than I am, and for that I salute you. You are welcome...I'll keep speaking out and hopefully someone will learn and change behavior.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hello Bill,

      As a young black male, I thank you for this. I'm as easy going as it gets, but I've saw the fear in people's eyes as I've approached. Some people HATE me, without ever having a conversation with me. It's unfair but I understand. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, high praise and I am very grateful. I just want to get people to think about life and understand how we are all related....and maybe make a difference in this world through my words. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue....we will have a good weekend and I wish the same for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahhh...drbj, thank you for finding the program for me. What would I do without you? :) Have a peaceful, easy Friday my friend.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A job well done and most helpful information your is the best in enlightening us readers of the Different Perspectives: A Moment With Bill Reflection. Good luck in your adventures in writing your the best in what you do.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill

      Your perspective is bang on my friend!

      Wishing you and Bev a great weekend. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Your interesting reflections on perspectives, Bill, do tend to make your reader think. But then all your hubs have that same effect. The provocative TV program one of your commenters referred to was on '60 Minutes' - titled 'Are Babies Born Good?' Here is the link:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50151800n

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Don, thank you! I've got a long way to go to be the writer I want to be, but thank you for the kind words.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Damn! But you are a great writer!

      I loved this argument and it really made me think!

      Thanks for sharing with the rest of us,=.

      DON

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Jo, who needs mundane, boring subjects? Might as well go deep and see what we can excavate. :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and yes my friend, we humans are complicated at the very least.

      Thanking you and sending you best wishes on this Thursday.

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, when you go deep, you really go deep!...Excellent write. Perspective is such an interesting subject. 20 people may witness an event, but when asked to describe what they saw, each will give a different account. The human animal is a very complicated creature.

      Stimulating and interesting work my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miz B, I didn't see it...don't have television...but that is very, very interesting. Born with prejudices....wow, how does one undo that? I'll do a search and see if I can find it...thanks!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Bill, I just remembered this on CBS recently. Did you see it? A group of clinical psychologists studied a group of babies from 3 months to about 16 months and came to the conclusion that humans are born with prejudices. They used stuffed animal puppets and made them behave and misbehave, and then gave the babies a choice. The babies not only did not choose the puppets that misbehaved, they also rejected the puppets that associated with the misbehaving puppets. They concluded that even as young as 3 months, babies could discern right from wrong and also form prejudices. That may cause some rethinking of social moires, unless the study is deeply buried as many are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I have the same concerns....I really do wonder how many actually think of changing their behavior to match these thoughts? I hope at least a few or I'm wasting a lot of my time. LOL

      Thank you my friend. With you following me I know I'm in good company.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, we have our chickens quite secure from cats and other critters...hopefully. :)

      Thanks and bravo for your parents.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Sigh... You're so right, obviously and always! I loved this piece and you really do have a way of drawing people in and what you write about is truth. I worry that as people age, they only get more set in their ways and unfortunately ignorance and stubbornness prevent growth and sets a horrible example for future generations. Fortunately and refreshingly, you seem to be set in your ways that we are or should be a brotherhood of man and damn it; it's a relief!

      I worry when I read these awesome and inspiring writes of yours, how many people nod their head in agreement but continue to live their in way that doesn't compliment your voice. My hope is that people read these writes and do something differently... love a little more and accept more and tolerate more!

      I think it's just perfect Billy... oh and 'Imagine'; timeless and perfect, makes me cry every time.

      Have a wonderful day and keep doing what you're doing... I'll keep following.

      Cat

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well you sure are barking up the right trees. As kids raised in the country naturally my brothers and I were curious to see a difference skin color (we didn't see white folks too often, lol) but there was never a thought of prejudice entered our mind and probably because we never heard any from our parents. Sorry I have missed a day I think, having chicken problems. Found out cats will kill chickens, so I am making everything safer.

      Up and shared, as always

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, my day will be as good as I allow it to be, and I plan on allowing it great freedom. :) Thank you!

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Thank you Bill for your kindness offering your valuable time to talk to me... Living contented with my perspective in time of past - being misunderstood by some, actuated over twenty years of " exile ". Now while discovering that " wild " trips are tolerated as a motivation for exploring due to the offered help to spread ( my ) wings and fly again;- kind of sensing to be wrong again. (How blessed aro those who do understand...)

      Make the best of your day .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Randi, and it is heartening to know others are aware of this and discussing it.

      Have a great day!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect article and subject! We were just having a discussion about this the other day. Our perspectives lead us to generalizations and we forget to look at people as individuals. We try not to describe.people as a "black man" but as a "man". Of course, a feminist may change that to "person" Generalizations can be very dangerous and an easy trap to fall into. Thank you for another important, enlightening article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, most definitely there are those in the South who love.....don't read too much into that. I could have just as easily said Kansas.

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I try! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, if you are connecting my dots then you have a wild trip ahead of you. I am not linear by any means. I like taking detours and seeing the scenery. :) I am being silly of course. I have learned much about life because of perspective, and I will continue to do so.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ruby! I was asked when that group first started up, but couldn't commit to an article at a particular time to meet deadlines. I love what they are doing with that topic.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1, wouldn't that be wonderful? I'll have to work on that. :) Thanks for another visit.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I call these making assumptions. Yes, we all belong to the human race and we are to love all as God does, no matter what are differences may be, and it is our differences that make this world so interesting in which to belong. I am so very thankful my parents did not look at another with the color of one's skin. Amen!

      Since my dad was in the military, there is always that special bond between all despite color or beliefs. I grew in up in Georgia, but was born in Germany because my mother was pregnant with me when she went to Germany to be with my dad where he was stationed, then we moved to Georgia when I was two.

      It is funny of the choosing of one from Alabama to make the assumption, as most people may make such assumption about those from Alabama, and that is understandable, but there are those here in the south who love without making assumptions of another one, and love deeply for all others.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very thought provoking hub, Bill. It's a great article, as always!

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Greatly significant . Having chance to be in company of " elderly" people wanted to get perspective on aging . Now past a half distance on rout promised of full measure a hundred twenty, perspective geared with giving ,sharing, planting, not wasting moment looking back...

      Resulting from your respective , sir professor as you're adding more dots to connect..

      Voting up, awesome and useful.

      Be blessed and prosperous .

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, without a doubt this is your very best. You touched on so many reasons that keep people apart. Racism is the most evil of all the evils around the world. John Lennon's song, ' Imagine ' should change every person's heart about hate and war. We ARE all one with different skin colors. We've come a long way, but we still have a way to go. I loved your perspective. You should join the perspective movement that is written monthly by other hubbers. Thank you my friend....

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Perspective is always king. If we were only unobjective mind readers first. Great article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB no, it is not like that in all circles of society. It is as likely to happen here in the northwest as it is in Arkansas....it was simply an example of how perspective can warp perception. Thanks for the gentle lashing and no, I don't think mulatto is PC but then again, who really cares? LOL

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Bill, I’m kind of like MJ, where’s the yellow, or perhaps I should say “caramel”? There are mulattos here, too, you know. Whups, is mulatto not PC anymore. Somebody get out Ann Lander’s wet noodle and give me a dozen lashes. Anyway, we Southerners ain’t all like that. We just keep getting a bad rap from Hollywood, and that perspective is all some Northerners have of us. That in itself is prejudice. I’ve had a black man catch me when I started to fall, and I thanked him. I think most southern women would. I wish we could erase the perspective that all Southern women cringe and hang onto their purses when they pass a black man on the street. It jest don’t happen no more. Hope I’ve given you a new perspective. A dozen lashes with the wet noodle to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora....we are all responsible. :)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Practical and helpful as a perspective! Opens up our eyes to what's important about life. It's not me, and yes, it IS me. Lots to reflect on. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks as always, Janine, and I am confident that your girls will grow up understanding the importance of perspective.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! Interestingly, I think writers and artists in general are more receptive to this message than others might be...not sure why that is, but I'm pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir here at HP. :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Such a true hub, Bill. We all come from different experiences and have different reasons for behaving the way that we do and yes, humans are so complex! Perspective is the perfect way to describe it. Valuable, as always.

      Liz

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Couldn't agree more Bill and I love your perspective for sure. Thank you for sharing and have also shared, as always and voted up, too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Michael, thanks for dropping by. Actually MJ is a good friend; we toss around crap like that all the time to entertain each other. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No confusion, MJ....anyone who would think you were anything other than Irish is in serious need of medications...I just wanted you to see how I was becoming a well-rounded writer and overall blended human being.

      Yes, the British have fought just about everyone, but at least they haven't surrendered to just about everyone like the French. Oh my God, did I just say that? LOL

      I'm going to feel horrible for writing that last line, but right now I'm laughing by myself, a sure sign of mental stability, right? :)

      Thanks buddy; you never disappoint.

      bill

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great write bill.. don't know what that previous blokes point was... for his cynicism got in the way.!

      Any way naysayers always lose their point along the way to reason.

      Love this write Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, what a great example of this point. Thank you so much for sharing that story...I love it!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Well hello again Sir Bill

      Just had to come back since you mentioned the "whisper time" BRITISH.

      You did great sounding British but why on earth are you telling me. I'm IRISH. I'll say that again in case your meds have made you dozey.

      IRISH-IRISH-IRISH-IRISH

      Getting the picture. After all didn't you fight the BRITISH too.

      I thought every country on the planet has fought the BRITISH.

      Didn't your leader Sir Mel Gibson fight the British more than once and then join the Scots to fight them again.

      And here's another thing, starting a sentence with the word "and" ain't proper English.

      No seriously, "Why do you have a Kangaroo as a leader?"

      BTW, I liked the Ebony, Ivory and Sir Paul's Octave's. Very clever and thanks for including my favorite song in this piece of nonsense.

      Now don't let the fact that I hold both Irish and British passports confuse you. I speak English, I am Irish and have an Italian Codice Fiscale ( Codishi Fiskali ). We all have our problems.

      MJ.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      This reminds me of an example I read years ago. A young mother was fixing dinner when her little girl asked her why she cut the end of the roast off. She answered because her mother always had. She later asked her mother about it.

      Her mother said she had also always cut the end off the roast because her mother had. She asked her mother and her mother said it was because they could not afford a bigger pan during those rough years.

      So the following generations never challenged doing what had always been done until that day a little girl asked an obvious question. I think many of us do this very thing, allowing beliefs and prejudices we were raised with to go unchallenged.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Howling, MJ...I am howling! Where have you been, man? I need your nonsense and how dare you just disappear. I suppose you are going to give me some rubbish about being busy with the move to Italy. I swear, MJ, I never saw you as a selfish bloke, but I'm beginning to question my earlier assessment of you. :)

      Notice how I used the words rubbish and bloke? I'm trying to sound more British. How did I do?

      Oh my how you ramble on....and no, this article was not about Jelly Beans and Marshmallows...it was about Ebony and Ivory, and how Sir Paul's voice can't quite reach the high octaves any longer.

      Gotta go; time for me to write some more totally nonsensical crap for the masses....a little reference to the Catholicism in all of us. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I understand completely what you are saying. My dad was a closet rascist, and I do understand why...and maybe that understanding led to me being the exact opposite....I just know that understanding perspective is a huge step towards less conflict....it has to be or we are all screwed. LOL

      And nice job going full circle...what the hell was that song about the wheel going round and round....it had a catchy piano section, done in the late sixties??? anyone? anyone? Bueller? Ferris Bueller???

      Okay, I'm seriously rambling now. :)

      Thanks Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, what a great comment, one that truly shines light on this topic. I may not approve of the way people act, but if I just try to understand why they act the way they do, there is a chance of understanding and even compassion. If I close my mind to their experiences and only chastise them then there will never be understanding.

      It is not easy but it is necessary.

      Thank you dear lady.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      How the heck are you and where have you been. No wait that's your line to me.

      Now tell me, is a contrarian a special kind of bookkeeper and why are there only black and white people in this article?

      Don't the yellow people count.

      So linear solutions is something that I do know about. That's were you measure once and cut twice or is that the other way around. No wonder that I'm short.

      Swamp land in Florida, oh yes please.

      Just out of curiosity "What is Florida?"

      Why does the woman in the shop have a baseball bat? I thought all Americans had M16's and Oozies. After all isn't it your rite to wear T-shirts (bare arms). I know sad, very sad.

      So Alabama is full of racists and broken footpaths. The woman that fell down has a dodgy ticker and let out a scream because she has always wanted a black man.

      Oops might offend some people with that last one but then again I don't care because I'm not a racist. I hate everyone especially priests, bankers and politicians which is OK as they are not people.

      No man is a pauper? What the heck have you been sniffing Bill.

      So yet again I tried hard to learn today's lesson by Sir Bill but as always you are way too cryptic for me.

      I thought this article was about Jelly Beans and Marshmallows.

      I'm sure that this article was pretty good but as I completely missed the point I'll simply say "great article, I was riveted", (which by the way is true but the doctors successfully removed them) and I'd share this only for the fact that I'm very busy sharing the love instead.

      I know you really missed me.

      Now gotta go. Got some crap to publish. I may be back if I'm not deleted.

      Have a super race free, we are all the same and loaded day.

      MJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my dear, what a great comment. I am of the belief that the harder a person's life is, the better the opportunity to gain perspective about others and thus understanding. Of course, one needs to be willing to learn from the process, but a great perspective can be gained from a tough life...you and I both understand that all too well.

      I know I speak for many in saying I'm very happy that you led the life you did so that we can now know the real Eddy and gain from her experiences.

      love always

      bill

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I am the Walrus. Goo goo ga choob. How DO you spell that, anyway?

      Plus also, I'm glad you mentioned Chihuly because I was trying to think of his name literally two days ago.

      My dad is one of the biggest Nazi-sympathizer racists you'd ever meet. Yet my sister and I are so far on the other side of the spectrum, you would never believe that we were raised in that environment. I didn't understand his perspective from the time I was very young; that's not a pat on my own back, just the way it was. It goes to show you that racism is not always a product of upbringing. Not going against what you're saying about parental influence--just sharing my personal experience. My perspective! Woot! Brought it all full circle there. I'll quit while I'm ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Kathryn, have a great day off and thank you for thinking about me.

      bill

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Awesome, awesome, and AWESOME, my dear friend! Bill, your story on the four perspectives so captivated me. I am from the DC/Northern Virginia area, but I moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area about 8 years ago. Where I come from is so transient. I had so many bi-racial (of all mixes) couples as friends. We just didn't see 'color.' Though I know it's not realistic to say that all people from my area are non-racist, the majority for the most part treat one another equally. When I moved to the south, I was flabbergasted by the difference... and where I live now is the "Bible Belt." So shocking to see the difference in tolerance, as well as the treatment of different people whether black or white... rich or poor. It sickened my heart, and I was so ready to move back to the DC area after being here for a few years. I hope your message here really cuts to the heart of people... reaches out and touches them... so that we can live in love... real love. That love will not strike one just because of skin color or past experiences. And, though we don't have to accept 'sin,' we can overlook (forgive) and try to understand that people come from different places in their thinking and feelings. Voted up!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      How well you put things into Perspective Billy and again a wonderful lesson in life.

      Let me take you on a journey back to my earlier years when as a little girl anything that I won would be met with a

      "Huh if you won then the others must have been bad!!"

      Then when I was married to my ex it was:-

      "Don't say too much to people or they will only laugh at you !!" " They will think you well f...ed up!!"

      So it was only with my children I was myself; a part of me knowing he was wrong but .....................????Therefore if anything I said made others laugh I would inwardly cringe thinking they were laughing at me !!!!!

      Today I know my worth ;know my intelligence and know that I can make people laugh as I can be very humorous !!!

      Years ago I would have thought "I can understand why someone in my position is quiet ;it's a safety factor and it is easier to be that way !!!"

      Today I say to those who are downtrodden " Stand up and be counted !!" "Stand up to the people who put you down because they fear your intelligence; fear your strength and are petrified that you will leave them as they know they are so inadequate ." Making someone else feel worth less sadly boosts their morale.

      Today this has given me an inner understanding of both states of mind as I have been on both sides of the fence !!

      This in turn is leading me more and more to help those who cannot quite break away!!

      Perspective is such a powerful word and very often it is useful to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present ...!!

      One of my old school teachers (whom I still keep in touch with) told me once that due to what I have been through myself I have a wider and broader perspective on life than many others!! Today I understand what she meant.

      Thank you again Billy for a discussion which left much food for thought and this is one factor I love about each of your hubs. Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have today off, and I wanted to check your article out right away. I haven't been keeping up with them very well lately.

      Thanks, and I hope your day is wonderful, as well.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I only hang with dreamers and winners....no surprise or accident that we are friends. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is one of the iconic great songs of all time. It is no surprise that you love it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Eric; each day is a new opportunity to get things right, and how cool is that? :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kathryn! I'm not used to hearing from you so early. I appreciate you taking the time and I hope your day is filled with wonder.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You are so right, Bill. We have more commonalities than differences. What gives anyone the right to think they are bigger and better than anyone else in this world? We are all trudging along trying to do what's right, provide for our families and work towards our dreams. Those are pretty strong common bonds if you ask me.

      John Lennon said it all in "Imagine". That song represents my philosophy or perspective of life. Call me a dreamer. I am and proud of it!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      And if we don't practice not loving each other, we put ourselves at a disadvantage above all. That's my fave Lennon song, BTW!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent. And each day I get to try on at least one new perspective. That is so cool. Thanks for a great read and awesome thoughts.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Those examples of multiple perspectives in this one situation is beautiful, and pretty realistic. It is also sad.

      I agree, we all need each other. Thanks for sharing this inspirational post with us, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you are fast this morning. The ink was barely dry and here you are. :) I think I aged myself with that reference about ink, don't you? LOL

      Thank you dear friend, and hugs and blessings are headed your way

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Amen!!! Seeing the beauty of how we are alike rather than amping up how we are different will make a huge difference in this big wide world we live in.

      As usual, this gets at the heart of the matter, Bill.

      What a great way to begin my reading for this middle-of-the-week day.

      Hugs and Angels are on the way to you this morning ps