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Drastic Misperceptions

November 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Experience lends itself to the establishment of expectations. We meet someone and immediately begin to draw conclusions about who he is. Considering a cadre of details we gather facts in order to get a “greater picture” of who it is that stands before us. We do this for a number of reasons and one can only assume an evolutionary connection. The need to quickly comprehend the intentions of another is critical to one’s survival; though as society has developed and our rules of behavior have become established these sensory behaviors become less about sustaining life and more about maintaining pride and friendship.

The complexity of communication is only compounded by our ability to hide true intention. We lie, we hide or we subtly hint at what we really mean. While this hidden or secondary line of communication unravels we clog the communicative line by presenting false ideas in via our primary line of communication. We say we’d rather not while all the while rolling our eyes on the subject, blinking to our interests and adjusting vocal tones to suggest that we do in fact have interest.

Perhaps the greatest shock in our development is when we recognize this tendency of human communication. Seeing for the first time that people can communicate the complete opposite of what they feel renders all future communication jumbled. We see the game at play and recognize ourselves as both spectators and players. Aware that we can twist our meanings we willingly enter into a communicative landscape where a consideration of potential value begins. Is there a benefit to lying? How might being honest hurt me?

All of society is founded on the ability to hide meaning. Great bargains are created on the basis of false communication and in some of our greatest founding documents we find wishy-washy communication. We may think we know the message being delivered but never can. Humans are far too complicated to speak clearly and via the society we have developed a greater incentive to speak unclearly exists. Why be honest when lying can bring so much? Does only a fool suffer from being honest? Is theĀ  greatest fool not the one who seeks to play or mock the truth but rather the one unable to see the lies all around. We are all both jesters and kings.

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