It’s amazing to see how people react to their perception of reality. The truth really isn’t one definitive truth. When we experience an event the truth of that experience happens only in that one moment in time. And anything that any participants may take away from that experience will become their version of the truth.
Why is that?
Since we all experience life as unique individuals we develop our filters and have our own ideals of what life should look like. How we navigate the environment depends on how we have experienced life previously. Too many factors play in to how we react. Too many factors play in to how others react to us.
Pops always warned us when growing up that Reality is based on your Perception. Initially he wanted to teach us this concept through our own parents. They both differed very much. He was raised in Southern California and she in South Korea. There were always clear differences in their view points. Because of it, there was a lot of discomfort in the home. The difference between the two? She had to have her truth and only her truth and he would just let things go.
Authoritarian Ruling from our parents. (And their version of reality)
“My way or the highway” is an attitude that is rather predominant in our society. And it makes sense with how many of us were raised in an Authoritarian ruling from our parents. (Or in my case, at least one parent.) I always consider the possibility that when people get upset at my views that I am trying to express and they try to shut me down and make me conform to their viewpoint …. it’s just their inner child reacting because they were never allowed their own autonomy as a child.
And then my inner child reacts back. Because I too was not respected enough as a child to experience life and develop my own views on it.
I had someone I used to respect tell me (after antagonizing my husband online) that “…questioning reality is a ridiculous thing to say because reality is by definition, reality.”
My opinion on that? Always question reality…. Because if you don’t…. Then you are a broken little 2 year old that Mommy and Daddy didn’t allow autonomy.
That’s what we do the moment we are born. Push the limitations of what is real or not. Find out what our definition of reality really is. And it’s up to our parents to either help us figure it out or press their version of what reality is on to us.
So I will leave this last meme in addition to the current one:
Always do your due diligence and research and form your own opinion of what reality is.
What is your truth? And how can you express yourself easily without triggering others in to bringing the Facebook lynch mob to your post?