‘The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view’. Che Guevara
‘I’ve learned over the years that people are human and have mood swings, regardless of how talented they are. Today, I’m looking at life from a realistic point of view instead of the way I would want things to be’. Otis Williams
‘A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life’. August Strindberg
An effective Point Of View is comprised of an objective body of information being accessed by a mind that is in a self diagnostic mode. In other words you are looking at the way your mind is processing information in a given situation. You are experiencing yet at the same time observing, the emotions and plans of action of a given event in order to truly control the situation and pick the best course of action. You are above the flow of emotions and thoughts so that you make decisions that are not overly influenced by emotions and concepts that are not conducive to a positive outcome.
Objective body of information. What do I mean by that. Learning about yourself, others and the world around you should be be based on scientific bodies of information, human history, current events, trends and your experiences in the world with others. Learn about everything. You should always understand that what people tell you may not always be true or realistic. Many times people can be very good at influencing our thought processes, these influences can have positive and/or negative outcomes.
Always remember that any information you take in needs to be looked at, compared to other data, needs to be analyzed in the context of the situation because it may or may not be true or close to the truth. What do I mean by this. Examples, you read something in a book or online that is from a scientific discipline, let’s say human behavior. It would be a good idea to compare this information to another source on the subject just to see what the general consensus in the scientific community is on this particular subject. Be a little obsessive but also understand that in science information evolves to come closer to accurately describing a given phenomenon. A never never ending process until what is understood is the truth. A most beautiful thing. Now let’s say you read something pertaining to a current event. In this situation you may want to learn about the historical events that led up to the current event. Somebody at work tells you something about something, analyze it, compare it to what you know or learn more about it. In these cases there may be a spin on the event to garner a certain understanding or emotion, the event may not have been described accurately.
An effective POV consists of a healthy database of information you have stored in your brain (comprised of the memories of events, written, visual and audio information) connected to a consciousness that is looking at the ways it’s interpreting incoming information and the behaviors resulting from those interpretations. Very often we don’t do this. You can call this self analysis, being mindful or being in a self diagnostic mode. With this state of mind you have 2 POV’s, you’re taking in sensory stimuli and understanding your position in a given situation and deciding on courses of action. That’s POV #1. POV #2 is you being mindful/self analyzing perspective that’s trying to determine if you are seeing the situation as close as possible to the way it truly is. How accurately are you seeing things.
Now we see that an effective POV is composed of multiple POV’s I’m going to add a 3rd, the simulated POV of another person or animal. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, understanding their POV by simulating it with information from your database. Most people have 3 POV’s but some only have 2 or 1. A measure of one’s intelligence.
Learning about yourself, others and the world around you on a regular basis coupled with being mindful/self analyzing improves your overall point of view that you use to look at a situation, to look at whatever.
Please understand that my use of the term POV’s in the context of this post is a literary tool being used to describe brain functions.
Everything that you’ve learned and haven’t learned, every role in society you play, every experience, your brain’s design shaped by genetic chance, all these factors affect your points of view. They influence them……for better and for worse so that you may at times not be looking at a situation as it truly is.
So question your views, your sources of information, learn to control yourself and not let your brain completely take over so that you might look upon this world as it truly is, …..so that you might look upon it as accurately as is possible.