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The Strange Paths We Travel

I am fascinated by the human mind.  It seems to me that every individual person lives in a unique universe of their own creation – formed around their experiences and their interpretation of those experiences – that is self-reinforcing.  The further an individual’s universe diverges from “objective reality,”  the harder it is to reconcile their expectations with experienced events.  And that’s where the self-reinforcement begins.

M.C. Escher's "Relativity"

M.C. Escher's "Relativity"

You see, the individual makes an investment with every interpretation of an event.  After a while the investment becomes so great that the individual becomes defined by it.  It becomes terrifying to even consider an alternate explanation for some events, no matter how minor, when that explanation would threaten the investment. This is especially true when the alternate explanation is simple and obvious.

What is so fascinating is how this can lead people to accept the most ridiculous ideas and reject rational ones without hesitation.  And that every single one of us does it to one extent or another.  It’s an unavoidable part of the human experience, because we learn to think by experiencing and interpreting events and no one ever interprets an event in exactly the same way as someone else.  And every interpretation is built upon by every previous interpretation, all unique to an individual mind, and all slightly (occasionally greatly) divergent from “objective reality.”

Sometimes, I wonder how we communicate with each other at all, or even if we really do….

Here’s a link to an article that deals with the same subject… or maybe it doesn’t, but I just think it does… It’s hard to say with any certainty.


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