Over the last many years, I have observed how many of us get hooked to one view of the world. If the person articulating a view, is an authority on a subject or a person of certain pedigree, we do not question the views articulated. Some of these views acquire the status of edicts or even unassailable truths. They become codified theories or principles which we all are apprehensive to challenge or put to test in a new changed context.
We seldom pause and remind ourselves that perspectives are about the position from which something is viewed.
The sight of a land from a mountain and a mountain from the land is vastly different. Take a boat and view the shore from the sea and then view it from the land, the perspectives will be dramatically different. The view of the earth from the space is stunningly different in its colours, scale, elevation and contours as compared to the view from being on and within it.
So there is always “The Other View” to everything – not just the physical aspects but also the mental and emotional aspects.
If only we give ourselves the freedom to see the world through our senses and comprehend it through our experience and not feel compelled to accept the one authoritative view, would we not discover more of the world around us?
Much in the same way if we accept that others view the world from their position, conditioned by their experience, would we not enable for ourselves more views about everything around us?
We should remember that our experiences become more comprehensive
- With tolerance to the same thing being viewed, experienced and articulated differently by others,
- Not feeling compelled too soon to settle for the only authoritative truth, and
- Finally rediscovering our inherent ability to co-hold and synthesise multiple perspectives.
“The other view” invites all of you to own this space as yours and make this space the platform, where we broaden our and other friends’ perspectives through our comments and blogs.
I will serve you all as the anchor writer, offering my views for examination and at other times hosting your view and views of other eminent people, for all of you to join in and examine.
This will be a safe space for you to comment or post your views. We will ensure the highest level of decorum and decency on this blog, while upholding the freedom to differ, argue, rebut and offer “The Other View”.
So what are you waiting for? Come on and join in and offer your view.
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