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How much of our time is spent looking at the world subjectively?

Our opinions and preferences are our identity. What sports team you follow, the music you love, your favourite food, these subjective thoughts all seem to be really important parts of who we are. Why do these preferences even matter?

How good it is when you have roast meat or suchlike foods before you, to impress on your mind that this is the dead body of a fish, this is the dead body of a bird or pig; and again, that the Falernian wine is the mere juice of grapes, and your purple edged robe simply the hair of a sheep soaked in shell-fish blood!
And in sexual intercourse that it is no more than the friction of a membrane and a spurt of mucus ejected.
How good these perceptions are at getting to the heart of the real thing and penetrating through it, so you can see it for what it is! – Marcus Aurelius

The Scientist

When a scientist is carrying out an experiment, they are interested purely in evidence and fact. Only in what they can see, observe and measure. What if Einstein came up with his Theory of Relatively based on ideas he liked? If this was the case it wouldn’t be as widely accepted by the scientific community as it is. That’s what we do. We don’t always go by what we see and observe but cling on to ideas that we like. We live in ignorant bliss. Maybe it’s a protective mechanism by our brains to ensure we don’t have to handle the realities of life at all times. An escape.

Those who are most successful at losing weight, and keeping it off, use tools to give feedback. They weigh themselves on a regular basis and that information acts as a guide for their next actions. To keep on the path they are on, or adjust. A scientific approach. That’s why people take progress pictures. Combine that with weight and how they feel. Multiple tools used to measure progress. Data.

Reality

We form bonds with others based on shared preferences. This is why we go to sports games and cry when they don’t chase the ball as well as we hoped. This is why we talk for hours about the quality of music being much better in the eighties. About The Beatles being better than The Rolling Stones. Opinions gives us a way to connect but be aware that a lot of what we think is simply that, thoughts. A subjective thought. Not the reality of what is.

Data isn’t as fun as talking about what happened on Game of Thrones. It’s not an escape but it’s important. How much of your time is spent looking at the world objectively?