One of the Greatest Things that Immigration and Travel Teach You

We Don’t See Things as They Are, We See Things as We Are

This is one of the biggest lessons that immigration will teach you. Two people can be standing at the same moment in time at the same place looking at the same thing and be thinking entirely different things based on their background, culture, beliefs, race and conditioning.

Though we rarely are brave enough to admit it in public, in our heart of hearts, all of us know that as many flaws as we can point out in the other person’s perception of the world, there are probably as many holes in ours.

Who knows maybe the areas where his perceptual framework is full may help fill up places where there are holes in our view of the world. Take advantage of these different schemas, that’s where depth of character and creativity come from.

Just a little something to think about.

Be blessed and bless others,

Mwangi

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  • By Caustic Blonde, August 3, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

    This is all very true. :)

  • By kenyanobserver, August 4, 2008 @ 2:06 am

    Very well put.

  • By Mwangi, August 4, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    @Caustic Blonde: Oh no :( It’s happening, people are beginning to stop by and leave the comment, “Great job!” or “That’s fantastic!”……NOOOOOOO! Lol

    Thank you very much. Glad it resonated with you. Now the only question is how we will practically apply this in our lives. I think Western culture is a great example of how this has been done e.g. the way things like sushi and Japanese work ethics have been adopted in the US. Apparently the way that cotton is spun, was taken from techniques used in India and so on and so on and so on……..

  • By Mwangi, August 4, 2008 @ 7:55 am

    @kenyanobserver: Please refer to the comment above and glad it resonated with you too.

  • By Gal africana, August 4, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

    “Though we rarely are brave enough to admit it in public, in our heart of hearts, all of us know that as many flaws as we can point out in the other person’s perception of the world, there are probably as many holes in ours.”

    I find this to be more than probable, I find it to be true. Admitting this is the beginning of true learning :-) The world we perceive is after all a mirror image of ourselves. I recently read something that made me stop and smile…that is…since the world reflects our inner state back to us, if we smile…it smiles back…If we fight…guess what? the image fights back. Very cool!

  • By Mwangi, August 4, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

    @gal africana: I like that metaphor :) . I think definitely accepting flaws, ambiguity and personal responsibility for our perception of the world are so crucial to success and fulfillment.

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