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Everyone sees the world differently -- do you agree?This is where the phrase 'the eye...

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monibell | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 4, 2012 at 2:38 AM via web

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Everyone sees the world differently -- do you agree?

This is where the phrase 'the eye of the beholder' fits beautifully.

Our experiences and relationships help shape us to be the individuals we are today and it is through such that we learn to interpret the world with unique perspectives.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 4, 2012 at 2:59 AM (Answer #2)

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I completely agree with this statement.  I would add, however, that I think that some of the way we see the world comes from our inborn personalities.  For example, I think that some people are more inclined to be optimistic and others are more inclined to be pessimistic.  This seems to be inborn and yet it impacts the ways in which we see the world.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:09 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree. Everyone's experiences are unique, and though some people are, as has already been observed, predisposed to having a certain disposition that colors how they see things, ultimately our situation has a great deal to do with it. A person's religion, occupation, family situation, level of education, or nation of origin can help shape their worldview. Because nobody has exactly the same experiences, they can't see things exactly the same.

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cfett | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:53 AM (Answer #4)

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Of course, literally, everyone sees and perceives the world differently.  There are actual conditions that make people's experiences different, such as color blindness, synaesthesia, and being differently abled.  Besides the literal differences, as #2 and #3 have already mentioned, our personal experiences also inform the way we perceive the world around us.  The way we have been raised, our personalities, and our religious and cultural backgrounds, among other factors, influence our varied reactions to this world.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM (Answer #5)

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Since no two people think exactly alike, it stands to reason that no two people view the world in exactly the same way. Our life experiences do effect the way we view the world, but it is more than that. Our temperament, our mind, and even our very personalities effect the way we view the world and the way our experiences shape us. 

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #6)

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This idea certainly seems true, however, there seems to be no way to truly test whether or not we see the world differently from one another. Of course, the "truth" of the statement is going to depend on what we mean by "see". 

If we are talking about political and social perspectives there is a chance that we may actually have quite a bit in common with one another in these areas as they are mediated heavily by language. 

Fundamentally though, I agree entirely. 

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mjay25 | Student, Graduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM (Answer #7)

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Yep, I definitely agree with that statement as well. I would liken it to the way people see and get different things out of books for example. Or, how in some parts of the world something is considered beautiful, wherein other parts, it isn't so much seen as appealing. 

Also it can relate to how people interpret the world and meaning of life in different ways. Social/ cultural/ religious/ political/ psychological perceptions and convictions normally influence people's differing outlooks, I think. Also, as others have mentioned, life experiences, mood and general outlook.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:34 AM (Answer #8)

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It is true that everyone has his or her own ideas, but those ideas are largely shaped by cultural norms and experiences.  You grow up around certain ideas and types of people, and those are the ideas you will support.  It is true that some people like things others do not, but it is more than just individual personality that affects these choices.  It is really just part of the nature versus nurture debate.  We like certain things and have certain tastes, but they may reflect where we come from more than we realize.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM (Answer #9)

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yes, I think so... ^_^

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 8, 2012 at 6:10 AM (Answer #10)

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Just as people bring to a narrative all the experiences they have in their lives and come away differently from having a text to which they closely or only distantly relate, so too do their perceptions vary. When people have a wealth of experiences, their perceptions are usually clearer and more logical than those who have only been told many things and have little by which to measure what they perceive.

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