For about three weeks, I have been reading 3 different books. Mostly because each of them appealed to my senses in their own way. And despite the disparity in their subject line, I have found common ground which is summed up to these two words.
Perception and perspective
For the first time, I considered each of these as separate words with distinct meaning instead of words that could be used interchangeably. I like to start by defining each of the words to avoid any form of contextual confusion.
Perception in this context and verified by Merriam-Webster dictionary is the way you think about or understand someone or something.
Perspective, on the other hand, is a mental view or prospect in short a point of view.
Let’s just say your perspective is what angle you view a subject while perception is what you see through that angle. As Christians, our perspective should be God through his word and his spirit while our perception is what is written in his word about us and our different situations.
Let’s examine the following quotes;
“Reality is an illusion albeit a persistent one.”
– Albert Einstein
“All our knowledge has its origin in perception.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Every bit of information we receive or have received is subject to interpretation based on perspective. This is why despite the ability to talk to one another we still misunderstand each other. Why what can be good to one is bad for another.
Whenever there is a shift in perspective, there is a change in perception. In mathematical terms, our perception is a function of our perspective.
A man’s perspective is shaped by his life experience, moral principles and spiritual beliefs or lack of thereof. It is what allows you to determine what are wrong and what is right. It is why terrorist consider themselves martyrs, vigilantes consider themselves righteous, and psychopaths think themselves brilliant. It is also the reason for conflict in relationships.
However, our individual perception on a matter is what makes us unique and gives us the ability to proffer different solutions to a single problem.
“Everything you see, hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.”
– Douglas Adams
“Our perceptions are lens that we view life with. Every thought, opinion and experience is processed through our perception”
Our interpretation of life is unique to us and would determine how we make it through life. So when you feel trapped instead of cowering and giving up, shift your perspective, re-frame your perception.
- Your perception is your reality by Tony D. Clark at lifehack.org
- Top eight verses about perception by Jack Wellman
- Renew your mind: it’s all about perception by Donna R. King (July 2015)
- The naive perspective by Robert Greene