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Illusion

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We form many pictures in our minds of how we believe or want to believe the world really is. This helps us to make things around us look better, to make people we love seem more loving and kind, and to present ourselves differently than we really are. We generally forget, or never let into our consciousness, is that we are not the only people using this strategy; everyone sees things differently intrinsically and everyone strives to create or maintain the illusions already existing in their minds. What seems even stranger, stranger than everyone’s different perceptions, is that we mostly tend to and want to keep our perceptions to ourselves. We seldom talk about the shade of blue we’re seeing, or the background we behind a stand of flowers or behind the backlit form of an animal or bird, or even the bird or animal themselves. If we did speak from our perceptions it may be that myriad misunderstandings could be avoided and avoidable. What a change in society that would make…however we are inviolably individuals and therefore must be satisfied with our individual perceptions, though we could make a much stronger effort to take note of and ask about other people’s perceptions. Doing so might even lead to a more understanding world or town or school or family. Is there a reason we shouldn’t share more?

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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.

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