Mind Matters!

What do you see in the accompanying picture, a young lady or a babushka? No, don’t get me wrong; I am not here to run some test on psychology neither to give a philosophical point of view. I suck at both of them equally. And I am not a great fan of these words because they do not get me many points on the scrabble board either, way too tedious to collect all those tiles and then find the right place! Besides to me it is the action that matters most than the reason why it was done because many a good deeds are done since one felt like doing them and not because of a certain philosophy or the psychological aspect attached to it.
So, back to the question what one sees in the picture is because of our individual perceptions. Some of you might see the lady, others the babushka and it does not matter what you see because both are correct. Only yesterday I was chatting with a friend and asked, “Which is bigger, 10⁹ nm or 1m? It’s all about perception otherwise everything is same, equal. It’s all about where you are looking at and from which angle.”
I chanced upon an interesting forward on WhatsApp in which a Professor of ‘Mechanics’ asked his class what were ZERO and INFINITY and if they could be same?
The students felt that ZERO and INFINITY are opposite and they can never be same because ZERO means nothing while INFINITY means a number greater than any countable number.
The Professor countered, “How could there be any number greater than any countable number?’ To which there was no answer.
He then asked his students to imagine that there was an illiterate shepherd who could count only up to 20. Now, if the number of sheep he had were less than 20 and one asked him how many sheep he had, he could tell the precise number (like 3, 5 14 etc.). However, if the number was more than 20, he was likely to say “TOO MANY”.
The Professor then explained that in science infinity means ‘too many’ (and not uncountable) and in the same way zero means ‘too few’ (and not nothing). As an example, he said that if we take the diameter of the Earth as compared to distance between Earth and Sun, the diameter of earth can be said to zero since it is too small. However, when we compare the same diameter of earth with the size of a grain, diameter of earth can be said to be infinite. Hence, he concluded that the same thing can be ZERO and INFINITE at the same time, depending on the context, or your matrix of comparison.
Perception is all about how we process or understand, what our senses gather. It is influenced by many factors past experiences, cultural mindsets, social status etc. What is right for one may be wrong for the other but who are we to decide who is right. Look from the other’s perspective what you feel is unjustified may well be justified when you see it from their point of view. The world is coming closer and yet there’s a huge divide, a disconnect because everyone feels that they are right and do not want to see from the other’s point of view. This is the reason why there is so much discontent. There can not be any growth if every one thinks alike, change happens because of deviation. What was blasphemous once is the norm today because of a shift in perception.
I strongly feel that the need of the hour is to agree to disagree amicably. After all, height too is depth inverted, isn’t it?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Insider says:

    Wow, thought provoking and definitely makes us look at things differently. Ma’am this is beautifully penned (:

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    1. A. Shruti says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it!

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  2. glenda funk says:

    There was a time I embraced this idea of agreeing to disagree amicably, but I now place caveats on it. I cannot respect those who traffic in conspiracy theories, for example. We’re not talking about two sides of the same coin. We’re not operating from an examination of THE factual evidence. Nor can I condone points of view that dehumanize others. I’m not interested, for example, in rationalizing caging children or finding justification for lying about crowd size. And I’m not amenable to excuses and rationalizing putting others in harms way by denying science. We’ve spent decades coddling those who would harm others, and I’m past my expiration date for accepting that.

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    1. A. Shruti says:

      Totally agree on the points raised by you. We do need to set boundaries and this article does not support anything that is against humanity. It just believes in being inclusive of new ideas, and acceptable to others views, and be tolerant to each other’s social, cultural and religious beliefs so as to welcome the future generations into a better and more loving world.


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