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the filter of lived experience

Among the things I have learned over the years in reading about this interesting topic is how incredibly complex the human species is. We think we see everything at the surface but we actually know very little about what makes people tick. When I was younger I assumed that what I was seeing I could take at face value but this was far from being the reality. What made things worse was that I thought I was virtually alone with no internet to guide me and only a scattering of books as reference.

The true portrait of humanity is varied and complex and made even more so by the myopic filtering that personal experience brings each one of us. In order to gain true perspective you almost have to scrub your mind of personal bias which cannot be truly accomplished because it forms part of your lived experience. Ideally we would learn while being able to park the biases that sneak into our belief system.

Turns out I am not nearly as odd as I used to think myself to be or as exceptional and there is always someone out there who is virtually your twin in terms of lived experience.

Understanding that not all is as it seems it actually quite empowering especially for someone who grew up with such a black and white picture of how things were supposed to be.

Therefore with this knowledge in tow cut yourself some slack and live accordingly.


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