Doors of perception
I’m interested in blogging today about the insidious tendency on the part of folks to deny reality when it’s right in front of them. You know we’ve all had times looking for things that were right in front of us and didn’t find them until someone pointed them out, “That’s right there in front of you.” That’s one instance we know well about not seeing things, but other times our blindness is from denial.
An extreme case of denial is when it develops into a disorder like anorexia or body dysmorphic disorder where you actually see yourself as normal looking or hideous. Then there is the situation of denial when something is too dreadful to face. Those instances could cost you your life or someone else’s, for instance, if you say, I’m not sick and you actually are.
Then there’s the type of denial that invents a new reality altogether, one that can’t be proven but one that rules one’s life, anyway. Yet another type of denial is tunnel vision. That’s when only one thing is real and the periphery is ignored. Other realities are simply a denial of the center and a focus on the periphery. And then, there are forms of denial that involve rejection of everything, where nothing is real. Other forms of denial only adhere to bandwagon thinking to deny other truths.
Of course, I’m just talking about the psychological forms of denial, not the denial of justice, for instance, yet denying people justice involves denial of reality as well. In our world, of course, realities are abundant and people choose which one they prefer, but often at the cost of true understanding.
Where wisdom comes in, in my opinion, is where the doors of perception are opened wide and all possibilities exist, but that’s just me. Denial is the block to clarity of vision and acceptance of the multiplicity of realities in the universe. To accept all possibilities helps to open the vision and defeat denial. It’s a good viewpoint to believe and accept all that is. To accept is to appreciate all things and see all sides. It’s a great thinking tool.
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