PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Theo
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 288
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Theo's badges.
 

Life is about perception

06 August 2013, 11:28
What makes us who we are?  What shapes our thoughts, our beliefs?  How do we know right from wrong?  Basically what defines who we are?  Granted, our primary caregivers, environment and genes shape our personality to a major degree, but each individual is different, each one is special in his/her own way.  Therefore I can say with utmost certainty, that everyone perceives life differently.

What I perceive is normal in life, could seem crazy, extreme to other people and vice versa. The reason so many people judge, disrespect and ‘’label’ are frankly this.  Perception.  What changes perception? Action? Evidence or lack thereof? Faith? I don’t know.  Religion for instance.  Most people have a belief in some or other God, or a belief in something better (be it themselves, their life) although there is no evidence that a god exists. It’s their perception.  People’s perception may change when evidence is presented to them (addiction disease vs. choice argument) but others won’t accept it. Not because they don’t understand the facts, but it doesn’t fit into the way they perceive the world.  I know, I’ve been there.

When I became a Christian for instance.  The church, let me believe that the world was only 5000years old.  Despite all the evidence showing the exact opposite.  It got so bad that I didn’t even want to watch National Geographic, or any website talking about evolution etc.  I wanted to be a good Christian.  I didn’t want God to think that I don’t have faith in his word.  Now I know it’s not true.  Now I know that, I was deceived.  My perception of the truth was based on perception and interpretation of others who are, and where also deceived. Is a lie still a lie when enough people believe the lie to be the truth?  This was just one example in my life of many.

Action changes perception. Example. When the addicts sees one of his friends stopping to use drugs. When he sees how dramatically his friends life changes, how much easier it is without drugs, that the substance is not the all and end all. His perception changes.  He goes for help.  He sees the evidence of his life changing. He begins to have faith in himself again. His perception of life changes.

Some use fear to try and change others perceptions.  This hasn’t, and will never work.  Fear itself is a deception. Fear causes the one instilling it, a false sense of security. Fear causes rebellion.  If you try and force your perception on someone else, you will either drive them away from you or cause them to rebel against you.  Apartheid was a big example of this.

Experience has taught me, that life is what you make of it.  Everything in life is how we perceive it. We are all unique with our own, unique set of beliefs, about ourselves, people around us.  Before we judge each other about what is right and, what is wrong, we need to try and put ourselves in each other’s shoes.  We need to discover ourselves first. We need to be honest and with ourselves, and take responsibility for our mistakes when are in the wrong. We need to learn to express ourselves better.  We need to take control of our own lives. Only then through our actions can we change other people’s perceptions and reactions towards us. Only then we can truly be free.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Adv Sphamandla Blose
Our heritage, our culture

Celebrating the importance of the Heritage month, Xhosa traditional clothing is one of the most recognised attire that symbolises the rich culture which brings its own vibrancy to our diversity. Read more...

12 comments 481 views
Submitted by
Vulcan Trekkie
What makes you African? Tackling ...

So what makes you African? Is it the colour of your skin? Is it the continent you where born on? Is it your culture, your language or something else? Read more...

19 comments 406 views
Submitted by
Kalos eidos
Obama's UN Speech. How can we bel...

His speech smacked of a New World Order bent, without resorting to the term outright, he used words and phrases like unity, collective, an interconnected world; enforce international norms and so on.  Read more...

35 comments 1078 views
Submitted by
luckyluke
Blind loyalty

What is it that Zuma has that instils the blind loyalty we witness from his most senior appointees in his Cabinet? Read more...

12 comments 354 views
Submitted by
Angela Ford
People just don't care anymore

I was on the train. As it started pulling away, it suddenly came to a stop again. We weren't sure why but a couple of minutes later, we heard that someone was "under the train".  Read more...

24 comments 3513 views
Submitted by
Njabulo Mndebele
Following your heart

I have a question why love is so difficult to understand and why we always chose people wrong people to love them?  Read more...

4 comments 578 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.