Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Perception is Truth
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.