I have already written here that “(…) the world needs desperately of people that think differently and that make mistake. And especially learn with their mistakes”. However thinking to myself I was wondering how it could be if more and more we stick to our certainties and beliefs; if the doubts are left and forgotten in any given corner, lost in the tangled of our convictions and of our certainties. Perhaps, besides making mistakes, we are not even aware of it. And, even worse, nor we are learning anything from our mistakes.
Anaís Nin once wrote “we don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are”. In few words, the American author shatters any alleged objectivity that we mortals can display. We are result of our circumstances and of our perceptions, intrinsically influenced by the lens of our consciousness, limitations, our own life story, education and world conceptions. In short, we see the world through who we are.
And sometimes apparently we don’t even realize it. And we make our versions of the things into portraits and storytelling of allegeable “truths” of a world entirely ours. Made of convictions, certainties and beliefs which guide and justify the way we relate with reality and with one another. And we have become masters, since the world began, in creating elaborated mythological, religious, philosophic, artistic, scientific and pseudo-scientific constructions about what we understand of this mystery that is life that for us goes by as a blink of eye…
We try at all costs to move ourselves away from our natural state of ignorance. Eventually, we do succeed… Many times, don’t. And we produce countless self-deceptions in order to feel better and more confident about our convictions. And in this dynamic of perceptions and of building our “truth”, we risk to bypass our doubts on the rush to produce “certainties”. As so, we shut ourselves up in a castle, hostages by our dogmas, as they were expression of the finest objectivity. And we distance ourselves from the real comprehension. As we might be feeling fearful of facing the disorganization of the world, when we understand it, “because who understands disorganize”, as wisely acknowledged Clarice Lispector. The ignorance, in this sense, besides a natural state, works as a cozy blanket.
The perception of reality and of others frequently is irrational, incomplete and inflexible and leads us to distance us not only from the truth… By building our convictions and certainties, we head bang, we move ourselves away from and deny what is different for us, which is unknown and strange, what disorganizes our conceptions. And we become poorer intellectually and spiritually; less plural and less diverse of conceptions, ideas and world view, individually and collectively. The first victims of this brutalization are usually the empathy, the solidarity, the active listening, the dialogue…, followed by the benefit of the doubt, the humility, the learning from one another, the contradictory, and an endless of possible synthesis from our natural and organized states of ignorance.