Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A matter of perspective

Perspective: Point of view or vista. Mental view or outlook on a situation. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole, as in a historical perspective. The technique of representing 3-D objects on a 2-D surface, as in drawing or painting. To tell a story from two different points of view; the person in the sunshine and the person in the shadow.

A day at work. Waiting for the phone to ring. Waiting for the emails to arrive. Waiting for others to make their decisions, do their thing, and get back to me, so I can then do what I need to do.

Perspective: Bored. Restless. Westbound traffic heavy on the street outside. A fan running. Other people talking. Smells like paint. Listening to French Café music. Read a list of French verbs on the internet, trying to stretch my brain into the perspective of another language.

Read the news headlines:

Matt Damon named ‘sexiest man alive’

U.S. sets record in sexual disease cases

Swiss tell German man to learn German

Gay activist group asks Senate panel to end Larry Craig investigation

Economic slump is not expected to last

Objective? Subjective? A matter of perspective…


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
-Marcus Aurelius

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems -but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
-Salman Rushdie

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
-Anaïs Nin


Anonymous said...

suppose "news" steals some of our potential to find our own perspective?
In Gestalt psychology & in some Buddhism, boredom is the state when one is on the threshold of awareness of perspective, pain of being on the cusp. If someone else's "news" is put away, you are waiting for your own morning edition that missed the sidewalk. Maybe its wind blown pages are there for your grasp so you get perspective that is your new news.

Anonymous said...

got to have kaya now...
B. Marley