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How we see the World, is the World we live in.

Updated on January 3, 2013

How we see the World, is the World we live in.

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

How we perceive anything is bound by our understanding and biases, all gained from our personal experience. When we form beliefs it is much easier to acquire support for those beliefs rather than reassess. In that way we can so easily build an attitude and bias that is based on prejudiced information. Rather than a balanced reality, we unknowingly compose an alternate reality that reinforces the past as the present. In other words if you experience a rude sales person in the past, you may treat sales people with suspicion or expect them to be rude, and in doing so treat them badly.

This process cannot only make you sceptical and biased, but you unwittingly become the problem, a problem that you first noted in someone else. The negative is a powerful persuader and can intensify your views of the world and the people in it. So habitual is this negative perspective the world is in the mess it’s in because of it.

All forms of racism and prejudice are rooted in this simply scenario. It is so effortless to go with the crowd and promote old thinking and experience, but in doing so we keep creating the negative and perpetuating the problem.

It’s difficult to ignore the negative reinforcement the media imparts, the news filled with stories of murder, war, violence, rape, corruption and the list goes on. This negative bombardment can develop beliefs about many aspects of life: race, creed, politics and religion, all of which may encroach on our sense of balance and common sense. It’s like saying ‘all Muslims are terrorists,’ or ‘all French are rude.’ It’s nonsense.

How then do we address this problem? Well firstly, we need to know that it exists, and then try to gain a broader perspective. We need to develop a different view, not just relate it to the past, but see it anew with an open mind. Our minds are trained to restore information and experience and to then relate it to the present. When we understand this process, we can then keep the present fresh and in balance by not blindly adhering to bias.

Our minds are powerful and our thinking creates the world we live in. If we are unhappy with the world, then it is us as individuals that must change our thinking and create a more positive outcome. The following poem demonstrates the need to review our perspective and search for a more positive resolve.

The Old Homestead

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Long had the shadows fallen on the old house,

like a blanket of time ceased, keeping everything frozen beneath it.

Weathered boards grey and twisted, carried the remnants of paint

like stains on grey canvas, but brittle and flaking.

A rickety screen door hung precariously on one hinge,

swinging gently in the breeze, but somehow beckoning entrance.

Not a single window revealed unbroken glass, but instead old pieces

of timber off-cuts hammered haplessly in crosses over them,

shutting out the world and keeping what life had dealt,

within these dilapidated walls.

A porch swing swayed erratically at one end of the front verandah,

making rusted, metallic creaking sounds that echoed.

And the willow by its side wept, its hair-like fronds,

reaching out yearningly in the wind.

The overgrown grasses rolled rhythmically like waves,

across the vast surrounds, broken only by an old tyre,

a one-wheeled trailer and a rusted barrow.

A multi-knotted swing rope danced under the bow of the willow,

the earth below it grassless in a patch from child games.

Their voices could be heard in the wind, their joy and pleasure

now a memory.

The sadness of death now swept this place,

leaving it barren, without will or motive.

There was once love here, family, work and life,

but now the cycle was complete and the remnants stark and cold.

Still, wild flowers bloomed amidst these dried grasses,

vibrant and filled with vigour.

Perhaps we see only the lost, when we should instead

Praise life renewed.


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