Whether we’re aware of it or not, reality happens around us. There is a difference between our reality and the one of the person next to us.
Everyone’s reality processing mechanism is unique: our life experiences, how we make meaning, the values we hold, and the goals we set are different.
It becomes a problem when we impose our reality on others without further reflection.
Imagine we’re all-powerful computers with exceptional processing capabilities (thoughts, emotions, reasoning, etc.). As life happens, our systems take in information through various input mechanisms: hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell.
Inputs are processed into outputs. Our mistake is assuming that everyone processes information precisely the same way and generates the same outcomes.
The truth is that while we have similar hardware, we all run slightly different software code versions.
Many have experienced challenging bugs in their lifetime, for which they have adjusted their running software to adapt and continue to develop.
Alternatively, some have merely forced the inputs of reality to match their codebase in a fight to remain the same, regardless of the faults it creates.
Opening ourselves to new perspectives is like testing a new code module that offers an alternate way of processing, evaluating and executing the inputs we’re getting. It’s a chance to see and experience life differently and adapt our software to generate new, innovative and often better results.
Let us not confuse our outputs with reality; it is only a synthesized variation of inputs.
Instead, let us ask how we might improve our modularity to better connect with other systems and enhance everyone’s experience of reality.
Sparknotion — Think Differently.
That is a very cool analogy I haven't heard before: same hardware, running slightly different software :) Nice!