Do you ever wonder how objective you can really be in a subjective world? Our opinions and feelings affect us so much as we’re going through an experience, as we try to explain something. Even when studies are presented to us there seems to be a surrounding of opinions within it through the explanation of the findings, through the interpretation of the data given (with the conclusions), and even in follow up studies. Then we see in the world, new discoveries, some that even prove what was once untrue, to now be true. Then there are the cultural changes that never cease to amaze and come about as time passes. So, even if we try to be objective about something, do you ever notice the subjective components to it? Particularly, when you’re exploring a moment of life, a situation that has happened to you, or when you’re formulating your own conclusions about yourself, people or events.
Being able to look at something and seeing the subjective components to it can help you to see the objective parts about it too. It’s like looking at a mosaic, it’s made up of different colored pieces that you can’t remove, otherwise you wouldn’t have the mosaic. It’s helpful to you to see the subjective in the objective because that’s what gives a situation or thought its spin. This means you can identify pieces to your thought process or emotional response that are affecting you in that moment and by being able to do that you can also clearly see the objective part of the equation. It’s kind of like that exercise you’ve probably heard about somewhere online; the one where you step back, close your eyes, take a deep breath and count to 10. The only difference here is that you’re actually looking to explore the different pieces to the puzzle actively, as things are taking place.
Seeing the mosaic of your objective-subjective thoughts is one way people can take a good look at themselves without blurring their vision with words they think are objective, yet that hold the subjective. It’s also a helpful exercise for those individuals pursuing inner growth, wanting to transform their habits or thought patterns; or wanting to get to know themselves in and out by being able to look beyond the outline (boxed categories) they’ve been provided by the world and those around them.
Looking at the world this way also helps to see things, people and life from a different, more inclusive point of view because nothing is taken for granted or removed from the equation. It’s all there, in the light. How much of what you see or how many colors your mosaic is made up of depends on your belief of the number of possibilities, types of thought processes, etc. If that view includes the unlimited, then you’ve got an infinite possibility of colors, shapes, and sizes for your mosaic.
What do you think about objectivity in a subjective world? And what role has it played in your life?