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    How at times perceptions turn into misconceptions

    Every child, when young, has perceptions of things around it. For example, I had this perception that like us humans, the Sun too wakes up in the morning and goes to bed at dusk. That the seawater and sky were actually blue. Stars twinkled and while travelling by train, distant trees and hills also travelled, albeit in the opposite direction. As we grew up, went to school and became worldly wise, we realized that these perceptions, though amusing, were all far from reality.

    Not just children, adults also develop perceptions. We know that wars, battles and diseases were all too frequent in the not so distant past. Modern education and industrialization gave a different dimension to the world order. Countries concentrated on economic prosperity. Wars became rare, except for a few pockets in and around the Middle East. Most of us perceived modern education would be the panacea for all ills, be it wars, diseases, racial discrimination, religious divide, poverty and so on. I too perceived the same and believed in the power of education. Sadly, even that perception has failed to pass the reality test. Even with all the education, economic progress, globalization and popular phrases like 'whole world a global village'; we are today a much divided world; divided on grounds of colour, race, religion, language, national boundaries, etc. Few years or decades back, who would have perceived that the world, including India, would be today a hotbed of religious divide, that radical forces of Taliban will one day capture a country under the very noses of not one but three super powers. Weeks back, did anyone perceive that two modern European economies would wage a war to death against each other? Or China, after a relative peace between the two countries since 1962 would wage a barbaric attack on our forces in Ladakh. Recently, the whole world was brought to its knees by a virus, no matter our astronomical progress in modern medicine. Could anyone perceive it? These and many other day-to-day experiences show how at times what we perceive does not every time come true.

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  • #753342
    Yes perceptions do change into misconceptions because we have not understood the person, nation or even the enemy nation properly. For that matter we have been underestimating everything for granted at the face value and going into the deep of each issues and matters. As we grow up and get the best education, we try to evaluate the people, the things, the happenings which are just farce and not the reality. Slowly we tend to understand that all things which is seen with naked eyes are not going to be permanent and they are going to be destroyed sooner or later and having this realized we are now hating the life as to how we are running around and what is the end results. One thing is sure, the future is very bleak, we have to mend our own ways and be the boss of our own and nothing going to change for us.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #753388
    True. Some of our perceptions may be proved wrong but we can't come out of that perception and we start getting many misconceptions.
    If a person is trying to avoid us we may think that he is proud but he may be having a fear talking to you. Sometimes by seeing the behaviour of a person we feel he is good. When somebody tells something wrong about him we will not believe we will be under the misconception that the man is good only. We realise the fact only when we get affected only.
    One of my distant relatives used to behave very politely with many of the relatives. I used to have a high opinion of him. But somebody told me that he is not that good and he even beats his mother. But I could not believe it. But after some time it happened that I noticed him behaving differently, then only I could realise his real behaviour

    always confident

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