People’s minds vary.
That very simple fact is the reason I am writing this post. As a scribbler, I try my best to be as aware as I can to the fact that the human brain is a vastly complex organ within an even more vastly complex organism. We all perceive and interpret things based upon our own, unique what-have-yous. I say what-have-yous because it isn’t necessarily our experiences, our predispositions, our instincts, or anything else that determine precisely how we interpret. It is an inexplicable combination of all the above.
Perceive is perhaps the wrong term to focus on. Because we do, in fact, perceive things the same way. This is due to biology. You and I were blessed, as homo-sapiens, with very similar sensory perception organs. In all likelihood, barring genetic anomalies, we see things, hear things, smell things, taste things, and touch things in precisely the same manner. So according to our biological determinants…all things remain uniform. This is where we, the people come in.
Interpretation. Every single communication, ever, is done in the most simple of ways. Generally speaking, it goes like this: a person outputs X, and after filtering said output through their own unavoidable, inescapable mechanisms, another person inputs Y. These mechanisms are not negotiable. They exist. They are made of everything you have seen, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted.
In other words, one could theoretically prescribe a mathematical formula to real, human communication. It’d be easy. X = Y.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover how this is not the most reliable manner of transferring information.
Usually, this isn’t a big deal. Because most people’s X’s equate to most people’s Y’s. After all, the human experience is at its most part, a pretty common thing. Most people have different, but similar experiences in life. We tend to love, hate, enjoy, and admonish the same things. Duh. Why? Well, because we’re all the same species, and that’s how the Animal Kingdom works.
But what happens when it doesn’t?
What happens when things get filtered through a not-so-normal lens? What happens when things are interpreted through the vantage point of, say, someone who isn’t aware of such variance?
You guessed it! Bias. That’s what we get. Bias comes from an underexposure of varying viewpoints. So the lesson is simple, if you ask me.
In order to understand, expose yourself to various viewpoints. If you do this, openly and honestly…you will look at the world in a much different way than you did before. And that’s a good thing.