How do we perceive the world?

Question from the Internet:

“Why is everyone almost always convinced they’re right?”

Because we are all locked into a 100% egocentric and subjective viewpoint and perception of reality by default.

We do not see the world “as it is”.

We see from reality only what interests our 100% self-serving, self-justifying and individualistic calculations. Our whole life is conducted through a narrow, limited and distorted perception of reality necessary for our single-minded calculations aimed at acquiring selfish pleasures or distancing ourselves from suffering.

Thus we can’t comprehend or understand others; we can never truly sympathise with others as even in others, we only see what is important for our selfish viewpoint and calculations.

Even when we “love”, we “love” only the good feelings, rewards and positive feedback we receive through “loving” another. When such egocentric, subjective positive reward stops, we can’t “love” anymore.

In order to perceive and understand the world and others correctly and objectively, in order to learn how to truly love, we need to “exit ourselves”; we need to acquire the ability to sense, taste and attain reality beyond the borders of the self, above and against our egocentric and subjective calculations and computing of data.

This seemingly “impossible mission” requires a special method in a special environment.

There, we can learn and practice how to sense and perceive reality through the desires, needs and viewpoints of others while constantly discarding and ignoring our own egocentric and subjective perceptions. We have to practice this again and again against the increasing resistance of our inherent ego that wants to keep us its hostages and slaves until a unique breakthrough happens and we find ourselves in an unprecedented “no man’s land” outside of our own sphere of interest as if we did not exist anymore. I do not exist except a special, pure, selfless and objective observer that is capable of observing, researching and attaining reality “as it is” in its totality without any egocentric and subjective distortion.

I achieve that only through annulling myself and everything “I” represent towards others in that environment until that breakthrough finally happens and the total, unlimited and eternal reality opens up without the egocentric and subjective limitations of distrust, hate, rejection and even without time or space.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.