We judge ourselves. We judge everyone.
We create attributes to label people: A doctor. A blue-collar. A writer. A blogger. A manager.
We create emotional labels to make distinctions: Good and Bad. Beautiful and Ugly. Strong and Weak. And many more.
We use our five senses, as well as language, culture and beliefs to create these labels. We are biased though. We tend to look at anything in the world, using our limited and unfocused lens, as if we have the answer to everything.
In fact, our perceptions are limited by our knowledge and experiences. We cannot see beyond that. Even if we have a great imagination, we will still be biased.
We shape the reality as we see it, because we need to. We need certainty, we need a safe ground, we need an identity. And once our identity is shaped, we use it as the compass to guide our comparisons with whatever is different from ourselves. But… this is something we learn to do.
There is a Time story on human consciousness which illustrates that point very well. :
A baby born with cataracts — an unusual but not unheard-of condition — and left untreated for as little as six months becomes permanently and irrevocably blind. If a 60-year-old develops cataracts, an operation can restore full sight. The distinctions most of us make unconsciously and at a glance — foreground vs. background, moving vs. stationary, vertical vs. horizontal and dozens more — are concepts that the brain must learn. It literally has to wire itself, with neurons growing out to touch and communicate with one another in an ever more sophisticated network of connections. And if those connections are not repeatedly stimulated in the first few months of life, when the brain is still in its formative period, they atrophy and die.
So we have to realize, and accept, that our perceptions are a function of the reality we learnt to shape, through our experiences and the information we had access to. What we see is not the same reality as described by other people.
This should be ok, because when we cannot make distinctions anymore, and reality seems undifferentiated, our mental health may be compromised. The problem with perceptions begins when we believe that our reality is the only one. And worse is when we believe that we can judge others with accuracy.
I have a problem with people who believe that they hold the truth. And I have a problem because they harm others with this behavior.
The harm is to make them believe that they cannot, whilst they could do even more exceptional things.
They harm spouses, siblings, kids and friends, leading them to believe that for not being good enough in one thing, they should not experiment and try other things.
They harm colleagues and employees, assessing them wrongly and denying good appraisals, promotions, rewards and successful careers.
They harm anyone who is different, by applying and inciting discrimination, prejudice and exclusion. They harm lives.
Even a genius like Einstein didn’t have such arrogance.
I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.
Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.
Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
Thanks for joining and enjoy it.
The Clinic – Photo Rehab
Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:
Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well: