The month of November introduced much that was new into my – our – life. I took on the challenge of, and exceeded, my own expectations with Nanowrimo (http://nanowrimo.org) writing a 52,885 word novel in a mere 28 days.
During this same time, Mike and I opened up our personal writings to the blogging world through https://www.wolfnowl.com
As a result of the emergence of our skills and talents to the public at large, if you will, the topic of copyright surfaced in our conversations. We, Mike and I, have differing views on the subject. It is because of this difference that we chose to tackle the subject through this newest blog idea:
He Says/She Says.
Please come back each Sunday to read up on whatever topic might have triggered our latest discussions during a given week. Sometimes we’ll have similar views. Other times…well, we’ll let you decide!
In Light & Laughter, Marcia
Since everyone has their own perceptions of, well, everything, we thought that once a week we’d post our views on the same topic – two different points of view on the same subject. I thought I’d start with:
The Perception Wheel
Imagine a circle with four people around it. We’ll call them A, B, C, D but you may substitute any four names you like. In the middle of this circle we’ll place an arrow.
Now person A looks at this arrow and, being a reasonably intelligent person, thinks to himself, “That arrow is coming toward me.” Person B looks at that arrow and, being a reasonably intelligent person, thinks to herself, “That arrow is going from left to right.” Person C looks at that arrow and, being a reasonably intelligent person, thinks to himself, “That arrow is going away from me.” And person D looks at that arrow and, being a reasonably intelligent person, thinks to herself, “That arrow is going from right to left.” But they’re all looking at the same arrow. Now if we remove the arrow and replace it with an idea, a concept, a Way of being, an understanding, a religion or a government, and if, instead of four people we have a thousand or six billion, we can see that everyone will see things from their own unique perspective.
There are two ways to deal with this. The first is to say, “Well, this is my circle and my arrow and you have to see the arrow the way I do or I’m going to take my arrow and go home.” That’s possible, happens all the time, but it’s also very limiting in terms of what can be learned from it. The other way is to say, “Well, I don’t see the arrow that way, but I understand that you do. Perhaps if we work together we can reach a new understanding that is common to both or all of us.” Understanding the perception wheel is the foundation for teaching and for sharing.
December 26, 2009
Update: Read Seth Godin’s view, here.