We NEVER see the world as it is... We see it as we are.
What exactly do I mean by that?
Have you heard of Plato's 'Allegory Of The Cave' by any chance? It was Plato's way of showing the difference between what people perceive to be real, and what is actually reality.
Prisoners are tied to the floor of a cage and can only see a wall. Behind them is a lit fire and between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway upon which people from outside the cave walk with various every day objects.
The fire casts shadows upon the wall that the prisoners look at and they begin to 'see' the shadows as what is real in their perception.
One day one of the prisoners escapes and is shocked by what he sees in the outside world. He realises that the shadows are nothing but an illusion and rushes back to tell his comrades what he has seen.
They obviously do not believe him and threaten to kill him should he try to leave again!
In the brief video below, I explain how we see the world according to our perceptions of it and not what it is really like. Understanding the illusory nature of our perception is the first stage to real personal growth.
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