Naïve Realism

Our own perspective is the most reliable one we have access to.

Yet, we are fallible.

Anyone with a scrap of humility will admit they have biases.

And most honest folk will tell you that their biases are often self serving.

Why then do we act as though our perception of reality is objective?

All the while assuming that those who disagree with us are uninformed, misaligned or simply too blinded by their own incessant biases to see the objective truth that we see so clearly.

This phenomenon is called naïve realism.

In some way or another, we’re all guilty of this naivety because we are unable to consider the perspectives of others without first filtering them through our own ‘objective’ lens of truth.

What a responsibility it is to impose our own judgement onto the rest of the world.

Perhaps we should do so with care.

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