Quick question: How do you know you are right?
I’m not talking about anything in particular; just in general. How do you know you are right about anything—your religious beliefs, political stands, causes you believe in, or whether chocolate cake truly is much better than vanilla cake.
I used to be a person who thought that my beliefs are strongly rooted in logic and common sense and anyone who didn’t agree with them was a blind stubborn imbecile with a rat’s $hit for brains stuck in the dark ages 😀
Now I say, the only problem with common sense is that there’s nothing common about it!!
As for logic, well logic all depends on how far you tilt your head, your mood, or whether you are pmsing or not.
Logic is an illusion.
Have you guys seen that Facebook Right-Brain vs Left-Brain application that asks you to say which way the girl is dancing? When I first saw it, I thought WTH, of course it’s clockwise; there’s nothing illusionary about it. It’s clear as day. Boy did I get the shock of my life when I saw how many people have said she is twirling counter-clockwise.
What, are these people blind??!!! This is NOT an illusion; she is clearly twirling clockwise; why couldn’t they see it???
Ok, maybe a possible explanation is that it keeps changing directions. But no EVERY time I saw it, it was clockwise. SO WHY COULDN’T PEOPLE SEE IT THE WAY I SAW IT.
Again, I repeat this image is not an optical illusion. See with other optical illusion pictures nothing is clear; the pictures are always half way between something; so I can accept why some see a frog, some a horse; some and old woman, some young; BUT THIS PICTURE WAS CLEAR.
Then it hit me; if I just tilt my head to the left a little bit, I would see her twirling counter-clockwise!!! I practiced till I got her to turn the other way. 😀
But then two days later, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t “see” her turning counter-clockwise. Apparently my mood also affects my perception.
Hmmm, so how often had I been so sure of my beliefs before, how often was I 100% what I was seeing is crystal clear and how often was I shocked that others didn’t see what I saw.
So if all those time I would have just tilted my head, I could have seen what they saw.
Are all our strong held beliefs just like this dancing girl?
PS. If you cannot see her turning in the picture above go here
PPS Also go there to get the interpretation of your test result.
PPPS. Baba, ya ammy, ya amu, ya walek…just go there 😀
UPDATE: A non-virtual friend just sent me this video related to the above topic. Check it out: