“How did that happen?”
“Dunno. Time does stuff like that.”
“Behind your back?”
“That’s a bugger.”
“… and you don’t even notice…”
A friend paid me the compliment the other day of asking if I had reached fifty yet. My son almost immediately disposed of any lingering glow in which I might possibly have been basking, with his utterly horrified expression when he asked to be reminded of my age.
I remember, vividly, being so young I thought my mother ancient when she reached thirty! Yet at the age I was then some cultures would have had me married already with babies of my own, having already crossed the technical threshold into womanhood.
Thirty seems very young from here. It would now, my younger son is heading that way.
It is odd, really, how perception changes with perspective. And again, most of the time you don’t even notice. The change just creeps up on you as life, knowledge and personal evolution shift the parameters of perception.
It is a subject that is coming up more and more frequently recently. Because we see what we expect to see… even if it is not there… creating around us a reality that is personal to the filters we apply to it. Sometimes we see the things we want to see…delighting in the illusion until we see it for what it is and suffer the inevitable pangs of loss. Sometimes we see only what we fear. Sometimes we see only a fragment and focus on it out of context, losing ourselves in erroneous conclusions, suppositions and even venom. Much heartache is born this way.
One of the early student exercises with the Silent Eye is designed simply to show how much we assume we know about something… when in fact we may know very little about it in truth. If we take time to look, really look at the world around us, we find we are doing that all the time. Like the picture at the top of the page. We perceive only what we expect… what we have already, perhaps, at some level accepted.
… and I had a whole article lurking in my mind on the subject…. Then a friend showed me something from artist Kostas Kiriakakis… do click the link and have a look. Sheer genius.
It sort of said it all really, in a far more graphic form than I ever could… and the illustrations are amazing. Click the link or the picture to read the comic strip…