A few months ago, I was searching the web (can’t remember why) and I came across the photo that I use as a header for this blog (Luke and Esther looking out the window together). There is something about animals looking out windows that makes me smile, and I can remember my delight the day that I saw Luke (with his huge, furry head) and Esther (sitting on the radiator so she was at his same height) both focused on something that I couldn’t see.
But the person using my photo for their piece that day, had written a story about the unhappiness of animals kept inside, and their longing to be out.
Same scenario, two different perspectives: one happy, and one unhappy (largely because of partial information about the situation). I don’t blame the person writing their story. I can see how they might come to that conclusion. It makes perfect sense. It simply isn’t the truth.
What I have come to know is that I always have partial information if I am relying solely on my conscious mind to figure things out. I always have partial information if I have a thought about myself, or anyone else, and this thought makes me feel bad. I always have partial information if I judge another as somehow less than me (or greater than me) based on my ideals, opinions or standards.
I’ve made hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands?! of snap judgements in my life. I wish I could say I don’t do that anymore, but this would be untrue. The only thing that I can do today is notice (when I am judging) how I’m feeling and when that feeling is small, uncomfortable or unhappy, I can be sure that I am seeing with partial and unclear vision.
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” Albert Einstein