I saw two documentaries on the Anaconda, those infamous boas of the genus Eunectes. The first was a nature show that identified the Anaconda as one of the twenty deadliest critters on earth. The second, in stark contrast, featured a husband/wife team of scientists who walk through the swamps of South America (barefoot!) in order to catch, weigh, measure and take DNA samples from the Anacondas, using nothing but their bare hands!
What gives? It was shocking to see how differently the same subject could be described, but I suppose this occurs frequently as there are as many perspectives on a situation as there are participants and observers. Even when you supposedly “stick to the facts” as these two documentaries did, what is highlighted and how it is portrayed makes an enormous difference in the overall presentation.
Anais Nin once said: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Bias in reporting is inevitable and you don’t have too look farther than the various news sources to see how background agendas condition the way an event is reported. Heck, just hearing both sides of a playground story from two children will demonstrate the same phenomenon.
I imagine that the “purer the heart” of the observer, the closer you would get to the truth of the matter. While we’re on the topic, what is “truth?”
There are many theories as to what truth actually is. Some claim it is relative, others see it as subjective, objective or even, absolute. Some argue that given enough time humanity will come to know all truth, while others see the human intellect as being limited, capable of “grokking” only so much of it.
The wonderful thing about truth is that no amount of human opinion or belief can modify even a jot of truth. Truth just plain is. Further, truth is perceptible to the human mind and heart, so, don’t despair if you’ve had a hard time finding it of late!
There are many things which are unfortunately common in the world today which stand in the way of getting to know truth. One of which is envy. Francois Lemoyne created a dramatic painting depicting time saving truth from falsehood an envy. Unfortunately, given the twisted often polluted state of the human mind and heart, time is the only thing which allows for the revelation of the truth. “Time,” as they say, “will tell.”
Envy and jealousy are the magnifiers of trifles. William Shakespeare said in Othello “Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of Holy Writ.” No matter how you look at it, envy causes a distortion in perception much like an eyelash in the eye. The disturbance caused by envy upsets the balance of perspective by distorting emphasis.
What you emphasize colors how you see the world. If you are stuck in a loop of wanting what others have or even more importantly, if you are in the habit of undervaluing yourself and your perspective, take note! You will feel as though the truth is unattainable.
Conversely, if your come to terms with your value – for starters by valuing what is present with you now – your decisions, your thoughts and your heart will begin to hew more accurately to the truth.