Perception: True of False?
Perception is only reality if you fail to utilize your own reasoning and mind and look for the facts from all sides. When you look for the facts you begin to realize that the majority of the time, the perception is not reality at all and couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter what you do, someone will almost always have a false perception of who you are because they develop their perception based on their own experiences, what they would likely do if they were in your shoes, and their own limited view. It’s unfair, I know.
“Perception is reality.” I cannot begin to describe how many times I’ve heard that phrase echoed as well as directed at me. In my more vulnerable youthful days, I took that advice and methodically exercised care in each interaction and action in my life for outward appearance as opposed to genuine ethical decision-making. As I became more experienced, I began to look at who was preaching that phrase and quickly realized that those individuals weren’t genuine. They believed in perception because they themselves had so much to hide. They wanted people to believe the image they portrayed as opposed to seeing the unpleasant realities within. They put out these false personas and what lay between their lies and truth was the perception they work hard to portray.
A Few Examples
1. The single most influential thing I learned in corporate banking was that when money is involved, people have extreme difficulty making decisions based upon ethical reasoning. Ethical reasoning goes right out the window and the flies of self-preservation move in quickly and head straight for the big pile of caca. That big pile of caca is what the person who should be making ethical decisions, on behalf of those around them (co-workers, shareholders), becomes. Read More>>