Today's edition of The Book Nugget comes from
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey.
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"...two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right.
It's not logical; it's psychological."
Count to ten as you look at this picture of a young lady.
Now check out this picture.
You see the young lady, right?
Did you also see an old lady?
Check out this picture.
Now... look at the second picture again. Can you see the old lady?
Alright, so this is how Covey starts. Did that blow your mind? I bet it probably kinda did if you hadn't seen that before. Anyway... think about this.
Even after only ten seconds or so of looking at something, informed by just a single viewpoint, the human mind is already making a bias about what it perceives. When you think about times in when we're repeatedly immersed in a group that sees things a certain way over a long span, what do you think happens to our views on stuff?
Covey says that we receive our paradigms (the way we see the world) from these kinds of experiences: the groups in which we find ourselves have handed us a series of like "scripts". However, Covey suggests, the problem is that those scripts are not necessarily logical, in our best interest, harmonious, or even genuinely "us" at all.
Life is confusing being bombarded by all sorts of viewpoints--all of them valid--and trying to decide which one(s) truly have merit in your mind and are fitting for you.
The way to combat this, he says, is to live by principle. Figure out who you are, and remind yourself of it repeatedly. Do that and pretty much ignore everything else. But it's tough, but it's worth it 'cause otherwise tricks will be comin' at you with all kinds of trifles and you won't know what to do.
I hope that was helpful.