“I don’t want to hear it.” An easy, and lame, excuse for NOT wanting to learn. What we know is based entirely on our perspective and our understanding of basic principles of interpretation. How do we interpret things? What is the logic behind most interpretations? I believe that we have fallen far behind in our knowledge of how we see things. Our ‘perspective’ is one thing; it’s in the interpretation that we lose something. The phrase ‘lost in translation’ would be most appropriate at times, due to the fact that we seem to push limit our perception only to what is in front of us or what we can see within our limited perception. What can we do to strengthen our abilities and be able to interpret accurately or correctly? We can either have a perspective that is seeing life from all aspects or we can ‘take in’ only that which we want. But, than again, we are still limited by what we don’t want to see, which could be that one piece of information that we need.
As a result of our perception, we believe whatever it is we see, and we believe it to be true. The object or issue may seem ‘accurate’ and ‘correct’ when initially perceived but, as time goes on, we find, by digging deeper into it, that our ‘first impression’ could have been wrong. Or, was it? Is it ‘wrong’ or have we overlooked something? Are we wrong or did we overlook specific details of a subject or an issue? It depends on ones interpretation of what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Again, perspective. And, with that, are our perspectives and opinions based on ‘fact’? Or, could that, too, be misinterpreted? The battle we have is not only within our own minds, our own intellect, but it is also with those that truly misinterpret and misperceive what is being said or discussed. Can it be they are overlooking something? Can it be that some kind of ‘intellectual switch’ has been turned off?
The absence of logic proves disastrous when engaging in conversations with people that have a better understanding of the English language. For most people, their vocabulary is somewhere on a 6th to 8th Grade level. For some people, their intellectual prowess is beyond that level and possibly excels beyond that of the average High School Junior. What is there to say to those that seem to think they ‘know everything’? The answers are not always simple, but to directly answer that question, the simplest answer is that they do not know everything, and admitting that to yourself is the first step to realizing that there is more to learn.