Saturday, November 8, 2008
Zoom in... Zoom out...
So much of conflict seems to result from a lack of perspective taking. Often we’re so in love with our own vantage point, that we can’t see things from someone else’s point of view. Often we lose sight of the fact that most things in life are not competitive, but complementary.
Maybe Republicans and Democrats have some good ideas!
Maybe proponents of abortion and opponents of abortion have some merit to their arguments.
Maybe science and religion aren’t mutually exclusive.
Maybe the world is not as split into two camps as we might like to pretend.
I like to practice perspective taking with my camera. I like to zoom in… and zoom out. And when I do, I get a fuller view of things. I see a richer view. I see multiple perspectives that are complementary not conflicting.
What’s the "best" science? Sub-particle physics, chemistry, biology, neurology, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, astronomy, cosmology? Maybe they all contribute their perspective of truth? (And then the humanities might have more to add!)
Zoom in… Zoom out!
Try it out. Get good at it. Different filters, different magnifications, different subject matters yielding a richer view of the Universe. It’s enlightening!