When we look at the sun, we see yellow or maybe white. But the thing is, we’re not actually looking at the sun, which is technically green.
Apparently we see tis green star as white because our eyes and brains are simply overwhelmed. To me, this misperception is an extreme example of this idea:
👉 The way you perceive something says as much about you as it does about the thing you’re observing.
I think this idea applies to people too. Whether you think someone is a jerk or super cool, it may say as much about your own experiences, aspirations, and assumptions as it does about that person.
On the one hand, this phenomenon can help you make lasting friendships and fall in love, while on the other hand it can feed dumb-ass biases like racism, sexism, and all the others.
This idea kind of reminds me of a Jesse Jackson joke from an old Saturday Night Live skit.
I do not deny the allegation, I deny the allegator.Jessie Jackson on SNL
When I start to suspect my perceptions may be playing a trick on me, I try to back up, gather more information, and make sure it’s not me. Because sometimes it is. ☀️