Do you think it’s possible to ever truly see the world from another person’s perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world?
No, I do not think it is possible to ever truly see the world from another’s perspective. How can we ? We will never have the same vantage point of the world as another because their value system and core beliefs were moulded in a different environment from ours. Every decision we make and each goal we set is value based.
Our world view has evolved from our interpretation of how that world treated us. Many from abusive early years see the world through the lens of shame and guilt. Others may have quite different experiences that have caused them to become arrogant and/or manipulative. Other still may have been well nurtured and now feel confident, valued, that they are able to contribute and fulfil a meaningful part in society; or they have been well nurtured and feel inadequate, shy and a loser. Each of these people will have a different perspective of any issue because of their varied backgrounds and values.
Politics, religion, social justice, culture, education are contentious issues about which many of us hold strong beliefs. I hold human dignity and compassion as important values. How then do I truly see female genital mutilation as an acceptable cultural practice. I don’t and I cannot. Being able to truly see the world from another’s perspective is to understand and accept that someone else’s world view could become your worldview.
We’ve been asked to reflect on the absolute capacity to share another’s perspective and I say we can’t possibly. Too many elements either cloud or reflect our judgement. Anais Nin said we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Totally agree.
Because it is not possible to truly see the world from another’s perspective … we have compromise.