What do this building and a household appliance have in common? More than meets the eye at first glance. And depending on the perspective. Some might describe the building as home, a hotel, an iconic landmark and even a skyscraper. And they’d all be right, even though their perspectives might be different.
From different angles, we see different things. One person might see a simple building in a sea of tall buildings. Another person might see a fascinating piece of architecture, and another, a right triangle. That’s because the building in the photo is the famous Flatiron building of New York built in 1902. The Flatiron Building got it’s name from it’s resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.
Perspective is a view of something from our particular standpoint. Multiple people can look at the same thing and have extremely different perspectives, and yet still be right. It’s also possible to be wrong in our perspective as well. From a distance, the edge of the building might look like the bow of a cruise ship. That conclusion would be incorrect. But the point to remember is that a different view is not automatically an incorrect one.
Differing viewpoints actually enrich us as another person might be able to see something we cannot. Being able to see things from other perspectives expands our understanding of the world we live in.
The mission of Jenafire.com is to be a place where we share and exchange our ideas and perspectives. It’s very important that we understand that our own perspective is simply that… and we should always offer the same respect that we would want ourselves.
In a world where social media is a fascinating view into the minds and hearts of people we’d never otherwise speak to, there is a distressing trend of intolerance of other opinions and ideas. The knee jerk reactions and often ugly attacks I regularly witness are truly disturbing.
Sometimes I understand the impulse. But it’s important that we resist it as much as possible in order to keep our interactions healthy. If we cannot engage with others in a constructive way, then maybe it’s best we simply observe until we can.