I received an email today. I was one of a number of recipients. It started…
“Don’t be disappointed, frustrated or any other negative emotion please, but…”
Until I read that, I wasn’t.
Upon reading it though, I am well prepared to take on any number of negative emotions, even before I get to understand what I am going to have to get emotional about.
My state, my intent has been pre-programmed by the writer, if you will.
We have seen this road sign many times – it is familiar as an image.
We don’t need to read the sign. We are conditioned to know red means stop. The words are somehow irrelevant.
We have seen this context too. Roadworks, queues, lights, single file traffic…
So, if this sign said, “WHEN GREEN LIGHT SHOWS WAIT HERE”, would we stop? Probably not.
I wonder how often in life do we ignore what we are being told, verbally or visually, because we have been programmed to create our understanding, our awareness, by what we have experienced before?
How often might we delete, distort or generalise the information, because our programming tells us what we need to know?
In reality, how blind are we to reality?