Seeing is Believing

Vision is the ability to see with our eyes when there is enough light. Based on our eyesight, we can see vivid colors and identify the exact shapes and dimensions of anything around us. It is one of the first instincts by which we decide if something is appealing or appalling.

However, the process of seeing is not that simple, it goes deeper than what our eyes recognize. There are other various physiological mechanisms involved in the process, which are collectively known as the visual system. Research in this area focuses not only on eyesight, but also on other sciences, one of them is cognitive science which focuses on how a person receives information in terms of perception, attention, reasoning, and emotion. This means that a very complicated process takes place in order for a person to actually “see”, and that there are various aspects which determine our ability to have perfect vision. That is why it is very strange how some people think that they are 100% right all the way. They firmly believe that their political/religious/social/personal views are absolutely correct, mocking whomever thinks in any opposing manner, and judging whomever argues with their point of view.

Our vision is manipulated by our feelings and experiences, sometimes to the point where we don’t want to see anything but our own views. We let our liking interfere with what we see. And we give ourselves excuses to believe only what we want to believe, because if we consider that there is another opinion, and that our vision might not be as sharp as we thought, this means that we might be wrong. And for some people, this is unthinkable.

Besides the fact that people have different eyesight, they also have a blind spot. A blind spot is the only area where there could be no light. It is the area in the visual field where no photoreceptor cells are found and this means that even if we could see perfectly, we should know that no matter what, we can’t see everything clearly all the time. From this perception, we have to acknowledge that there could be another side to every story, a side that we can’t see because it might not lie in our visual field. Sometimes the media/management/people could only be handing us a portion of the truth, in order to get exactly the response they want. They could be shedding light only on the areas they want us to see, making us believe that this is the whole story. However, based on both scientific and spiritual thinking, we have to question everything and use our minds to assess the information we need to obtain.

We are supposed to use our brain to observe, analyze and think for ourselves. If we don’t do that, there is an enormous possibility that we will be biased and unfair to other people by judging them according to our limited vision.

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