Have you ever wondered what reality actually is? I know this may seem like a weird question, but hear me out. The word “reality” is one seemingly easy to define — but is it? Whenever a word is originally intended to serve as a noun, we would expect it to remain a noun. That has not happened in this case, and the word has morphed into being used as an adjective. This is critical for us to understand. When a word changes from being something described to the descriptor, our subconscious understanding of the word can shift as well.
My wife’s perspective on renovation shows, reality TV example, was forever changed after watching a behind the scenes series. It described all the secrets about how the transformation happens and all the things not shown in the actual show. This is important to keep in mind, because it begins to recalibrate our use and belief in what “reality” actually means. While we may not actually notice this, it does not mean it isn’t happening.
I saw an interesting quote this week. “What a caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly,” says Lao Tzu. The reality of one is true, but the reality of the other is equally true. Perspective is very important as we wrestle with what is real and what is not. This is important for us to understand in everything we do. Each of us has presuppositions about things, and while we cannot suppress them, we must recognize them. Our reality may not look the same as someone else’s, but that does not necessarily mean both cannot be true.
We must pay attention to our inputs and where they are coming from. In one of Seth Godin’s posts this week, he talks about some data regarding TV consumption. Those of us who watch hours of TV per week have an elevated opinion of how dangerous the world is. There is a direct correlation between how much TV we…