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To or to not – perception

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There are many times when I’ve felt I know exactly what I’m looking at; then change the perspective or look again and find I’m looking at something else completely. When looking at this picture I know I was leaning over the rail of the bridge, looking at a creek, but I can hardly persuade myself that I wasn’t looking up at that tree with turning leaves. Both convictions give me a slight sense of vertigo, mostly from not really knowing what I know. This makes me wonder whether anything we perceive is “real.”  Whether whatever is real or not may not matter if those in each of the many groups people belong to consent to whatever real may be for their groups’ identities. This may not match or mesh well with other groups, but  then people, frequently the same people, often belong to groups that don’t mesh or match. I don’t believe it is possible for  any one person exist in just one reality or group.  Which makes me wonder why if people can get along with themselves it is so difficult for groups to get along together. A key to maintaining a balance between each of the many groups and all the realities is to acknowledge that others exist. The choice becomes  to or to not judge others’ perceptions. To or to not perceive judgement. I would prefer neither, but to instead keep looking  down into that sky and to enjoy that slight unsteadiness. How do you perceive your perceptions?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

One thought on “To or to not – perception

  1. Um first of all you use too many big words. What is a vagary? Second, I do believe that we have groups that we would mesh with if only we could just meet. It is funny how you meet some people and you feel like you have known them your whole life and others that you spend too much time with that you can’t stand. Why can’t we magically transport to people that we mesh with? Why is it so hard to find the few gems of people out there that we could mesh with and are stuck with morons that we can’t stand for the most part?

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