The Art of Perception 12
Any particular way of looking at things is only one among many other possible ways. (Edward de Bono)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“We have the tendency to stick with the first interpretation that comes to mind. We often forget – some can’t even envision – that things can be interpreted in multiple ways.
The interpretation triggers emotion, which leads to further interpretation, which maintains and often amplifies the emotion.
Interpretation => Emotion => Interpretation => Emotion
The initial interpretation acts as an anchor on which we base all subsequent interpretations.”
“What is the initial interpretation based upon?”
“Past experiences, sometimes from the very distant past.
Your past subtly influences your future. Unless you break out of such patterns, your past is your future.”
“What’s the practice?”
“Remember always that objective reality is neutral. We project our subjective reality on it through our interpretations.
Always question your first interpretation.
Generate multiple alternative interpretations, and select the most beautiful one.“