a reply to: Dark Ghost
Have you ever been told by somebody else that you just "misinterpreted" something? If we are to define the word as "to interpret, explain, or
understand incorrectly" as it is commonly understood, there are some issues with the term that need to be addressed.
Sometimes things that are *commonly understood* can be fundamentally wrong despite *collective agreement*. It was commonly understood at some point in
our past that the Sun (yellow ball)
revolved around the Earth. This belief arose from observing the sun's movement around the earth throughout
the day. Objectively, to this very day, we *physically* observe this to be true, yet *subjectively* understand that we are misinterpreting reality
with our eyes - our minds intellectually understand the true nature of the Earth's rotation and at the same time understands the illusion
(contradiction) we observe is caused by our physical senses.
Why do children often choose the colour yellow when depicting the sun in artwork? What colour is the sun when you gaze at it? For me, it appears
white. Who is misinterpreting something here in this situation...?
Just because you interpret information in a certain way does not mean that I interpret information in the same way. Just because I do not draw the
same result when interpreting information does not mean I am wrong.
I agree. Physicist David Bohm once stated: “What we take to be true is what we believe… What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.”
We are conditioned to put things into boxes. Humans also have the innate need to categorize in order to make sense of the world which arose due to our
survival needs since our caveman days.
We use words as Nietzsche suggested as metaphors to describe and give meaning to something that in essence has no meaning beyond the words used to do
so. If you remove labels (words) to identify or describe an object such a tree, the tree becomes just an image within your mind without any meaning.
It's just there. It becomes not even an object within one's vocabulary. One cannot even use the word "object" in this case because the word itself
implies some sort of *thing*. Then again, one cannot even use the word "thing" because it contradicts the entire philosophy I'm trying express.
When anything in existence is seen in this light: It is what it is. Perhaps then subjectivity and objectivity is reconciled.
I honestly don't know. It's a tricky philosophy - all mind games as I see it.
Yes, we do, to a certain degree, need to find some objectivity in our endeavours, otherwise we would never find common ground and work together to
resolve issues. But to deny that knowledge and experience are subjective, is to deny reality itself. Ironic, is it not?
I starred every comment above my post because it reflects the crux of your thread. We each interpret reality in our own unique way, including how we
each interpreted the intended meaning of your thread or what you were going for, and at the same time try to find common ground in order to reconcile
the two by projecting our subjective ideals revolving around the topic. In other words, you may interpret what I have stated here in my response as
apple and oranges
which would be poetic considering the nature of the topic. After all, the term arose from the very nature of misinterpreting
My personal philosophy dictates the following: What one believes (possible or not possible) is all that matters, for the life we have experienced
(carved out for ourselves) to date and will experience in the future, is a reflection of our deepest beliefs (subjectivity). And as we can all see, we
each lead different lives despite having many common events such as birthdays, Mondays, planet Earth, etc. However, the experience we have on planet
Earth in our day to day lives remains unique to all despite global events.
edit on 4-9-2016 by Involutionist because: Grammar and punctuation SUCKS!