POINT TO PONDER
If the doors to perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
- William Blake
STORY LINE by Rajiv Shah
I'm currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven J. Covey. The early chapters outline a test that was conducted involving the picture below that I found interesting:
The chosen subjects were asked what they saw. Half argued that they saw an old woman in her last days. Asked if they saw anything else, their response was overwhelming "no."
Much in the same way the other half of the group concluded that they saw a beautiful young lady, possibly a cabaret performer in the prime of her life. Asked again if they could see anything besides the young lady, their response was also a resolute "no."
Both sides were sure as to what they saw in the picture and believed there was nothing else to the drawing. Which group was right?
In fact, if you look closely, both groups are correct. An old woman and young lady both do exist in the same image.
How many times do we look at a problem or situation in life and accept our view as the only one? Perhaps there is often more than one answer? And maybe we can find that there is more than one point of view that is correct.