Perspective and dots


Sometimes when you’re too close to something all you can see are the dots. As with the picture of the old CRT television screen above*.

It doesn’t matter how intently, how long, or how hard you screw your eyes up. From this distance you’ll never see the full picture.

So far, so obvious. But when we look at ourselves or those near to us, doesn’t the same thing apply?

Perhaps it’s a matter of perspective?

How we judge others actions is generally from our own perspective. Quite naturally so. But do they themselves always understand their own
actions and reactions, or are they too close to their own screen? I think we know the answer to that one.

Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem
John Galsworthy

This quote is a truism.
You could easily swap the word idealism for objectivity, calm, clarity or many others and the phrase would still be true. Apart from compassion perhaps which would be the opposite.

So it might be best to suspend judgement on others. And on ourselves. But that wouldn’t be easy, nor practical.

Taking a step back to get a better look can sometimes be a good thing.
My new business idea is a metaphysical (would that be right?) camera where we could take a perspective shot of life/ourselves, then come back and view the detail alongside this. It would be very handy. How do I make one? Where can I buy one? Would you like one too?

*by the way, it’s really hard to take a good picture of something like this. A camera can’t do what our eyes can: compensate for movement or subtle changes in light. A little like the shift in hue in the sky before it snows. You can see it, but a camera will produce a flat and lifeless rendition. So the eyes win.


One thought on “Perspective and dots

  1. Yes, I am sure that is all true but I wonder if the same thing could be said about being too far away?. Again we can lose perspective or not get a clear picture of the situation/person and can just as easily make a wrong judgement.

    P.S. I happen to have three metaphysical cameras up in the attic, any good?!

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