Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Perception is Truth

I used to have a notice on the wall in my office which read: Perception is Truth. It helped my team focus on the fact that how they are perceived by our customers, (efficient, knowledgeable, professional and so on), will implant in the customers' mind a positive image of the whole team and organisation.

It also signified that there was a notice on my wall and if you have perceived it then it is in fact there.

And that's the problem with perception. What you see, or imagine you have seen, is implanted in your mind as something that exists or has happened. The same applies with sounds. You may have heard something, a conversation in a pub or on the bus, or half-heard it, and then it plays on your mind as to whether you heard and understood it correctly or not. Especially if what you have seen or heard is so astounding and "out-of-this-world" that it challenges your own beliefs and realities.

After all, if I write something here on my Blog, who are you going to believe? Your common sense or me? Half the time I don't even believe myself what I have just written and have to check it out on the Internet to see I wrote it correctly. The other day I checked something or other on Google and it said "This is a falsehood invented by Victor S E Moubarak". Talk about your words coming back to bite you in the backside!

And the problem with perceptions is that people like to project an image of themselves that is not real at all.

Let's face it, the fashion and beauty industry have over the years encouraged such a portrayal of what is not real. Many a photo has been touched and re-touched to smooth away any wrinkles or body fat which should not be there in real life.

Whenever people describe themselves in Dating or Match-Making websites they often gloss over the unflattering truth and describe themselves better than they really are.

When as a young man I sent a dating agency one of my real life photos they returned it with a note saying: "We're not that desperate!"

Eventually I managed to get a date with a young lady through another agency. When I met the lady in question she said I did not look like the photo on the dating website. She said the photo looked as if it had been  drawn by Picasso, and added "I thought you had a cricked neck. And why in the photo do you have an ear on your forehead?"

I told her that as a fan of Star Trek this was the Final Front Ear!

She then commented that I was much shorter than I had claimed on the website. I replied that I was not that short at all but I was still far away. It was a question of perception, really.

So you see, "Perception is Truth". She had read something about me on the dating website and I was not as described in real life. Perhaps it was my fault for dating her at a badly lit restaurant ... in a back alley somewhere ... in the poor side of town.

She left without even offering to pay for half of the meal we had shared together. A hamburger and a bun can be quite expensive you know!

And that's perception, be it in a badly lit fast food outlet or in the bright light of day.

How about you? How do your family and friends perceive you?

More important. How does God perceive you? You can't fool Him you know.

6 comments:

  1. I love your sense of humor, Victor, and so glad I've met you through Ceil. I will be subscribing to your blog!
    Blessings!

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    1. Hi Martha,

      How great to see you visiting me here. Thanx. Hope you return soon. My sense of humour keeps me going. That and gas in my car; otherwise it does not go at all.

      God bless.

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  2. I think a great deal about how differently we all perceive things and often wonder how I am perceived. I am CERTAIN it is quite different from how I perceive myself. As for the "Final Front Ear", OH VICTOR!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. I used to wonder how others perceived me - and why they avoided me. Then a fortune teller told me I am due for a big change - my shirt and vest for a start. And my trousers. And a haircut. And ... ...

      As Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say: Tea ... Earl Grey ... Hot."

      God bless you Lulu.

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  3. Perception is a cloudy concept, indeed. What is truth really? I say truth is this: Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. And so, one thing I know for sure is that Jesus knows the truth, because He is the truth, and then He surely knows the truth about me, even if my perceptions of myself aren't right. Your comments about perception give much food for thought. Amazing how we can perceive something, yet not have all the facts to consider, or even consider all the facts, and move on to draw a conclusion based on a feeling or an emotion, rather than the facts. Oh, this is a discussion that could go on and on, lol!

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    1. I agree with you 100% Marilyn. Truth is a concept which suits different people at different times for their own benefit. Pilate asked Jesus "What is the truth?" (John 18:38). Jack Nicholson said to Tom Cruise "You can't handle the truth". (A few good men).

      It shows that we can twist and turn the truth to suit our own needs. And sadly, over the years, many have done just that with the Ten Commandments and the Word of God and Jesus.

      Thank you Marilyn for engaging in discussion and for visiting me again on my Blog. I appreciate your support.

      God bless.

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