The Politics of Perspective

A semantic exploration of power

The interesting quality about the world we live in today is the way in which we see ourselves. As individuals we don’t have control over much more than our response to external stimuli. And even then, it’s usually a reaction molded by the way in which we perceive the world, events and others.

I consider perception as the sum of one’s thoughts, feelings and ideas experienced within themselves, which are then filtered before being expressed. This expression is then perceived by those who in turn create their own expression.

As with any piece of writing or work of expression, the artist wishes to evoke certain thoughts or perhaps a feeling from within the reader (observer).

There are several points that come to mind while writing this piece, though their meaning(s) could be interpreted in different ways dependent on the individual. It’s written with the self in mind, however as this idea encompasses a wide variety of points, it will focus mainly on perspective, and with greater attention on the perspective of oneself.

Let’s start with a series of definitions. Politics is defined as activities aimed at improving someone’s status or increasing power within an organization.

A key word here is Status. Highly relevant both in our online and offline worlds, it refers to a relative social or professional position. Leading us to question how many followers someone has? Or how much influence?

Introducing the word Perspective changes the way in which an individual thinks about a certain status or the position held. They can be everything online and nothing offline.

Interestingly the two first words evoke certain thoughts and feelings that revolve around the idea of power. Of equal interest is that an adjustment of perspective can influence this power, either to the detriment or benefit of those who wield it.

We find what Power is by peeking into the Palantir that is the all powerful Google and seeing the definition as the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

Now, let that roll around in your mind. Feel the words and let the emotions stir. It’s incredible to feel that innate desire and craving for power — we are only human.

Think back to Perspective, or a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view. If one individual can change how another perceives something, that ability is more powerful than mere status — the possession of which simply allows for easier expression.

As stated in my introduction, this piece is written with the self in mind. But to even begin to understand who the self is, we must first understand the angle with which we are examining the self.

An increasing number of studies and research projects have been carried out on the exploration of consciousness, sparking questions of what it is and how it springs into existence? The fascinating thing is that comparable to other areas of science we have barely come close to scratching the surface. This added mystery allows one to frolic about in the fields of possibility, and once again experience the childhood delight found in such places.

One such possibility presented is that each of our own consciousness is connected to the other, and to stretch this further, everything which is observed could be considered of one Mind.

As we live in such a self-centered society, we’re always focused on ourselves so much of the time. However, if we were to make the above shift in perspective, and understand that from an ontological point of view, we’re all one consciousness observing and interacting with ourselves — the way in which we would regard and treat each other would drastically change.

In addition to holding this idea, focus now on the you outside yourself. This opens the door and allows access to a whole new range of opinions and ideas; thoughts which are expressed by the same you who is experiencing their expression.

So instead of asking yourself questions, ask someone else. If you think about it, you’re simply asking another part of you, a part of you that knows something that the you you know doesn’t. This is why the perspective we have of each other is so important and equally so powerful.

There are unknown knowns in each of us. We owe it to ourselves to question everything, and everyone even though you already know the answers

Marianne Williamson beautifully sums everything up in a revelation that could be the essential key:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence achromatically liberates others.”

In conclusion, note that darkness is an experience, just as light is an expression. Express your experience without fear to increase your perspective beyond measure.

Perhaps the greatest gift that we can give to each other is a greater understanding of ourselves.