Perception vs Reality

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Damion Stone

Are Some Decisions Base on: Perception or Reality?
Have you ever thought you heard something, but there was nothing there? Have you ever thought you saw someone in the corner of your eye, and when you looked there was no person there? When we look down from a high building on people, do they appear small like ants? Aren't there thousands of occasions when we do misperceive? What is reality and perception? Mainstream science describes reality as "the state of things as they actually exist". So reality is simply: everything we observe. Perception is the process by which organisms interpret and organize sensation to produce a meaningful experience of the world ( np). I believe people should base some decisions on reality and fact rather than perception. Our perceptions differ greatly on so many things, so how can anyone decide what is real and what is not? Just because we see something a particular way it does not make it so. Sometimes we think our way of seeing something is more right than anyone else’s and we are very insistent about it. When we are first separated from our mother’s womb, each of us becomes like a tape recorder, and our subconscious mind is like a blank tape, waiting to be programmed. As the analytical part of the mind is not fully developed until around age thirteen, the subconscious readily accepts and believes whatever it hears and sees as truth (Bauer, np). Here is a perfect example: young children have no concept of who they are. Their self image is formed by what they have been told by others and how they perceive things to be. It can even be formed by things they have overheard. “He is so bad!” “You look so pretty!” “You are so strong!” “You do not listen!” “She is not good at math.” Think about it, what self image are we forming for our children? Is it good, or is it filled with negatives? It is very important to note that children will live up not only to their own perceptions, but also to ours (Bauer, np). If I were to tell a very young child that his hair is green, he would accept it. Then, anytime anyone would ask him what color his hair is, he would answer, “Green.” That is, until he began to analyze and rationalize that information for himself. He might then say, “Daddy, you said my hair is green, but it is brown. Was it green when I was a baby?” That false perception would still be part of his belief system. Other examples of this are Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. A child will believe in these until the analytical part of the brain is developed to the point that the child can analyze the information given and question their existence (Bauer, np). I consider myself to be a realist. Let me take the example of war. There are some people who believe that war sometime is necessary to get peace. There are others who believe that war is evil and should never be entered into no matter the instance. Who is right? Is war right or wrong (Sodha, 2006)? This is just an example and I am sure everyone has different answers to these questions. I think war is unnecessary and very unethical. From a biblical prospective, the message that God send to us is: love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Galatians 5:14). It is so simple but not many people can do it. The reality and fact of this is: As long as there is love and peace, there is no need for war. Reality and Perception are powerful words; they can be misused and can be very confusing at times. Perception is the truth in our reality. That's all we have. The fact that people can perceive the same things differently is an integral part of the decision making process, which can turn out to be wrong or right, fair or unfair etc. I am pretty sure that reality is a concept that everyone knows, and has experienced. Our daily life is reality. What we see as real is only defined by our belief structure. Our version of what is real is only our perception of it, not what is so (Sodha, 2006). People tend to...
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