“We see the world, not as it is but as we are.”
I believe that this quote is true and applies to so many situations in life. Every person has a completely unique life experience, therefore their knowledge varies from the knowledge of every other person. Because of this, every individual has a different way of perceiving the world, which forms different people’s opinions and beliefs and each of their own paradigms. From this, I agree with the statement by the Talmud. I however also believe that we should be conscious this fact and consider that other people have a different paradigm and therefore might have a completely different opinion that is also true. Nevertheless I think that each individual should balance out between viewing the world from our own perspective, and taking other people’s paradigms into consideration, so that one person can express their opinions and beliefs openly, while most likely not conflicting with other people’s beliefs or opinions.
A very good example for this is the Internet itself. Nowadays, there are numerous different social media website, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and so many more. Almost everyone who uses social media has at least once observed how people discussing and arguing underneath a post about a certain topic, either being for or against it. Most of the time, people put entire walls of text in response to a post, in a battle against their “opponents” who don’t share the same opinions as they do. As I often use social media, I have often been reading these kind of comment “wars”, but I always feel like all of the opinions that are stated below a post have a truth within them. Coincidentally, only last week, I found a post showcasing the picture which can also be viewed above, which conveys that there might be a lot of different truths regarding a certain topic, that can look entirely different, depending on the perspective. I think that this image perfectly portrays the statement created by the Talmud.
Another example that I found interesting was narrated by Stephen Covey in a video talk about his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. In his example, Covey was sitting in a train, when a father entered with is children. The children were creating a lot of noise, disturbing the surrounding people, including Covey. The father however didn’t attempt to take care of this problem. When Stephen Covey confronted the father and asked him to take care of his children, the father answered that the children’s mother died about an hour prior and that both him and his children are not sure how to handle the situation. Covey immediately changed his attitude towards the father and created more sympathy towards him, due to a paradigm shift. If Covey had been conscious of the fact, that there might be more than one reason for why the father and his children acted this way, he probably would have acted in a different and more appropriate way.
In conclusion, I believe that the statement by the Talmud, “We see the world, not as it is but as we are.”, portrays how society is today. Decisions and actions are taken depending on the unique experiences, beliefs and opinions of individuals. In order to grow as individuals and become more open minded, we have to be more aware of the fact that there is more than one way to look at a topic and that people will behave differently, depending on the perspective they have on the topic, or more specifically, we have to be aware of the singularity of each individual’s own paradigm.