What’s really going on?
There’s an old allegorical story about points of view. Two people were blindfolded. They had never seen an elephant. They were told to describe the elephant by touch. The first person was led to the front of the elephant and he grabbed one of the elephants ears, The second man was led to the rear of the elephant, where he grabbed the elephants tail. When asked to describe the elephant, as you can imagine, an argument broke out between the two men. Likewise, two people can stand on opposite sides of the same tree, and see a totally different tree, even though it’s the same tree.
Where does bias come from?
How can people be aware that their point of view is indeed unique, and likewise everyone else’, and end up in an argument? What’s really going on? I am a Christian. I view things from a more or less Biblical perspective, because that’s where I ended up going for answers to my life questions. Consequently, I can now only answer questions from that point of view with any certainty. This view, as are others, are shared views. But even in the shared view, there is the same head-butting that happens with [it would seem] all other forms of communication. It almost seems that we disagree, even when we agree. Many people will be on top of the world, and even feel complete when they find their “soul mate”, and get married, and in the end will argue about everything with this person also.
As I have mentioned, I can only give a Biblical reference to these things, which I will in a moment. For now, I would like to enjoy some things that seem to defy this “law” of miscommunication. Words, in and of themselves, do little to express feelings or emotions. The emotion has to be applied by the speaker. For example, If you are in a crowded room, and suddenly scream..”LOOK AT THIS!”, everyone in the room will look at you. Every time. On the other hand, if you are in a debate with someone in the same room, with the same people, and use the same words to argue your point, ie…”but look at this”, only half of the room will look at the “thing” you want to “show”. The point I would like to make is that the words themselves have very little to do with what people are hearing.
Bible verse: “Take heed how you hear“. Because of several factors, half the room looks at what you want them to when you say the words, “look at this”. Given different emotion, the same words will be “heard” by all. I will use a playing card here to illustrate something else. If I want “everyone in the room” to look at my card, and “scream” suddenly” “interrupting” the “vibe of the room“, while holding up the card, everyone will look at it. In the debate between me and someone else, the same card, held in the same hand, and with the exact same words used, will not make “everyone” look at my card. Why? What’s really going on?
When people argue, they are both screaming suddenly, simultaneously, the same thing. There are only two places that I am aware of in the Bible where God refers to Himself as “US”, and one of these is at the tower of Babel. I could copy-n-paste the definition of the word ‘confounded’, but I only want to state here that I don’t have a clear understanding of the word….but I know what it does. What actually happened has little or nothing to do with speech, or language, or “words” of any kind. It has to do with separation of people. Before that time, we were “of one accord”. “In harmony”. The opposite of argument. Ironically, Jesus says that if “ANY” two people can agree as to “touching ONE thing”, it shall come to pass. He must have known the impossibility of this happening, so what is He really saying? What’s really going on?
I have an understanding about God, the Bible, Jesus, Life, myself, you, and the universe that I asked God for. However, I cannot relate this point of view that I have to you…verbally. I also can’t in written form, or any other form “with words”. While people argue the validity of telepathy, I know it, and have done it. While they argue the validity of Jesus, I have met Him. While people argue anything and everything else, I have a point of view of all of it that is genuine, valid, and uniquely my own. So, why are we arguing? Your point of view is as valid as my own, and so is everyone else’. This could easily make for a wonderful experience of sharing our different points of view. The problem is the use of words. For example, the verse in the bible that says, “for all have sinned, and fallen short” can be interpreted as everyone has sinned, and usually is, because it is received from a first person point of view. If, however, you can imagine God walking up to you; putting His arm around you, and pointing at EVERYONE ELSE, and saying, “for all have sinned...” it would exclude you, and now the translation “everyone has sinned” does not work. Here’s the point I want you all to get. The words in both cases [and there are more] are the same. Exactly the same words. “For all have sinned...”
This is a bit longer than my usual writings, and I don’t particularly care for long speeches, but I would like to have some intelligent conversation about this. This has such a deep and profound meaning, it could be talked about for pages, and pages. What I really want to explore with this, is major differences, such as gun control, or abortion. PLEASE don’t start a discussion about either. I only want to examine why one person sees perfect logic in a gun ban, when to another person the issue is the killing of another person, and they know if guns are banned then people will use something else, but can’t see the point of the other. Please leave your thoughts, in word form, below 🙂 Thank you for your time.