This is a homonym that holds heavy-weight in the world of Philosophy. As I live life through the rumination of perceptual experiences and the pupils of my eyes, I realize that these entities don’t are not in agreement. By reading literature and engaging in mindful practices, I’ve realize that there’s a benefit in separating these two functions for the sake of analyzing external stimuli. To put it simply, ‘what I see, is not what I get.’ What I see is what I see, and how I perceive it, is what I get. Yes I know the this saying is not as catchy as its ancestor, but who said reality had to be catchy?
In recent years, I’ve realized that I’m a victim of compulsive rumination and a concept known as the Fundamental Attribution Error (Fiske, & Taylor, 1991). This is the claim that in contrast to interpretations of their own behavior, people place unjust emphasis on the internal characteristics of other people—rather than external factors—in explaining other people’s behavior. My ability to live outside of my own head was poor. My ability to empathize with my fellow human-being was poor. After multiple reflections, I realized that I had these problems because subjectivity and prejudice shaped my thoughts—as it does for everyone—which separated me from what I was actually seeing in the external world.
Nowadays I think about my thinking, then I think about that thinking as well. Consequently, there are times when I consciously choose to be bias using my perceptions as opposed to what is visually and factually in front of me. Thus, we have the plight of mankind.