We daily reflect on things that take place around us based on our own way of information processing, rationalization and classification. So naturally comes the question what shapes that framework? and in my point of view there are two types of individuals: people that look at things as physical objects and classify them as Darwin would (good, bad, black, white or grey) Another group of people would also try to see it sub specie aeternitatis, reflecting on things as they would for themselves, or as Kant was to put it in his theory of things in themselves, abstracting out individual’s observations that may otherwise affect pure meaning of a subject.
The former is commonplace, and the latter is very rare as it takes a real challenge to reflect on reality the way another would.
Think of a phrase ‘if I were in your shoes’.. how much ‘were’ do you typically put to say whatever follows?
I always encourage myself not to judge other people by just the appearance and trying to take a stab at their decision making process immersing myself in their world. And yes it only works with a great deal of assumptions, but results are fruitful quite often. After all each of us is a complex system with his/her own history and future, wouldn’t it be too plain to judge it based on a snapshot in time?
Happy Friday! And I hope I’ll recover soon of that flu.