PERCEPTION PERSPECTIVE: HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH OUR SENSES

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“What makes us see the world as we see it?”


OUR SENSE OF EXIST

The human mind is able to process so much information. We have five major senses that we can use to understand the world around us. Those major senses are smell, touch, taste, sight, and hearing. Through these major five senses, we shape our perception of the world around us. The brain is central to the human body as well as aiding us in knowing what we perceive to be real in life. Before we go any further, let’s quickly observe our senses.

SMELL

We use our nose as a place where the smell of anything gives us a sense of pleasure or disdain. The smell of food makes us feel hungry, even if we’ve eaten already. But if we walk up the street and come across a garbage can, we quickly become displeased. This displeasure and pleasure has aided us in evolving over time in human history. We were able to bring into our exist that which gave us pleasure such as these sweet smells and expel the bad smells.

TOUCH

Our sense of touch as people gives us the ability to not only eat, hunt, and build, but also as a signal center to be sent to the brain. Meaning if we grab a hot pot’s handle, we immediately yank our hands away. The instantaneous sensation has evolved in us so we don’t further injure ourselves. The same goes for feet, you step on a tack, you immediately feel the pain. Our touch aids us in surviving against any attacks formed against us.

TASTE

The taste allows the brain to give us information that something is fine to consume. We refuse food or beverages that don’t taste pleasurable. It’s the reason why over time in human history we have added sugars to the food and drinks we consume. Because food in and of itself has no real taste. So we develop seasonings to give our meals a better flavor to consume. Otherwise we would reject the majority of food we eat.

SIGHT

The vision that man is given has allowed us to evolve into predatory creatures and not prey. Our eyes are in front of us and not on the side. We see danger coming head on and can rationally deal before the situation intensifies. Our vision also allows us to make out shapes and colors so we can classify what it is or eyes are viewing. Without sight, our other senses are forced to work overtime to make up for the eyes not working properly. 

HEARING

As far as our hearing, we evolved to hear so we are not picked off as prey early in our human evolution. And the more aware of a threat, the better we are at understanding how to survive. We also need our hearing for communicating with each other as people, as well as how to decipher when we hear a familiar voice to create a bond with our close friends and relatives.

PERSPECTIVE

Our perspective on the world is shaped by the perception we have in the world. Meaning, by using our five senses in combination with our life experiences, we develop a perspective. So, for example, if I grew up in a community where the father wasn’t present in a child’s life(see), men would scream at their wives in relationships (hearing), it might effect views on marriage. If you grew up in a household where macaroni and cheese was disgusting (taste) and it didn’t bring an aroma you enjoyed (smell), the thought of macaroni would turn you off as an adult. Let’s say as a child you were burned by the stove (touch). Now anytime you walk into the kitchen you approach cooking very carefully. Our perception and perspective are a hand in hand relationship. And when one is effected, they are both effected.


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AGE OF DEPRESSION: HOW THE MORE WE UNDERSTAND SELF THE MORE UNHAPPY WE BECOME

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“In an era of technology, we are more connected, yet very much detached.”


In a world where we are more connected than anytime before, you would think it would make us happier. Yet it has not only made us happier, but the more we learn and understand ourselves the more depressed we become. And I don’t mean know ourselves like knowing me as an adult. I mean knowing us is it pertains to our existence on Earth. You would think with the advent of technological innovation and scientific breakthroughs, we would have a much higher level of enlightenment that would make us happy. But what that heightened awareness has done is give us the complete opposite effect. But should we digress because of this unintended effect?

View of Tourist Resort Well, let’s first look at what makes us depressed in today’s society. There are many different reasons why people tend to be unhappy. For starters, you are able to see up close your reality. And what I mean by your reality, you can see where you stand financially, socially, academically in the world. For example, you can Google image luxury, and see a world that is beyond your world just by typing it into a search engine. When my mother was young, an opulent life existed, yet you didn’t quite know about it. Clear Wine Glasses in a RowPeople were either born into wealth, or it was something you stumbled upon. Not today, today, you can actually see how little you have relative to someone else. And what’s crazy, you might have a socioeconomic position that is supporting you and your family. Yet you can’t enjoy because you are comparing yourself to someone way above you.

Why do we do it? Why do we look to someone that is far beyond us? Well, at times, that person is our age. No matter your age today, there is someone that age doing something on a more monumental scale than yourself. When I was in college, I was broke coming out, yet guys my age were signing multi-million dollar contracts to play sports. Comparing yourself to them and not appreciating what you have, even when what you have is adequate to live, robs you of gratification Image result for comparison peopleand the ability to live a fulfilling life. Meaning, you might want to make $50,000 in a year, but someone tells you, you should want better. Now you can’t enjoy what life you could have had with what you wanted because you’re chasing something you may not even want just to satisfy other people’s perspective. And with our lives being inundated with so much imagery, we still have another aspect of our lives that make us unhappy: our own existence.

Coping with our existence is tough for so many. And I don’t mean existence in the context of waking and going to work everyday, coming home, and sleeping. I mean the fact that we are here, on Earth, living and breathing. The fact that I was not born a lion, tiger, bird, or a house cat, but a human is hard for many to cope with in life. The simple existence that is me, a carbon based life form that has Related imagetaken forever to evolve into what I am, is hard to accept. And a lot of it comes from increased scientific understanding of ourselves. Here is where religion may have aided us in living on this planet. With the idea that there is something greater once we die, it gives us hope. As time progress in society, more and more people are becoming awoken to our existence. So awake, we are unmotivated to do anything. So now we become depressed with the idea that this is all that is here for us.

You would think that feeling this way would give people a sense of urgency, yet it’s having the inverse effects. The closer we come to figuring out why we are on Earth, the more we become detached from living. Maybe not knowing, is what’s best at times. Because in the end, unlike any other species where nature dictates how they behave, we are given conscious. We are given the ability to say yes or say no. We are endowed with the ability to make sound decisions. And that very conscious that gives us that ability also makes us aware of our situations in life. Some people make the best out of it, and others can never cope. And for those that can’t cope, it leads to further depression; leading to substance abuse or even suicide.

“He who increases knowledge, increases sorrow on the land.”

                          -Ecclesiastes 1:18


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