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Perspective

Perspective in theory of cognition is the choice of a context or a reference (or the result of this choice) from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience, cohesively forming a coherent belief, typically for comparing with another. One may further recognize a number of subtly distinctive meanings, close to those of point of view, Weltanschauung (German for 'Worldview'), paradigm.

Paradigm is used to describe the set of experiences, beliefs and values that affect the way an individual perceives reality and responds to that perception. Social scientists have adopted the phrase "paradigm shift" to denote a particular social phenomenon. Even occultists, notably chaos magicians, use the term to describe a shift in personal belief systems concerning magic.

To choose a perspective is to choose a value system and, unavoidably, an associated belief system. When we look at a business perspective, we are looking at a monetary base values system and beliefs. When we look at a human perspective, it is a more social value system and its associated beliefs.

Leonardo da Vinci had a way of looking and understanding problems, he called it: saper vedere (knowing how to see). Da vinci believed that problems should be restructured in different ways so that we can see it from different perspectives. One of the ways that our minds make things easier is by creating a first impression of a problem. This instant intuitive problem definition makes it really hard to get creative insights. Hence, we need to consciously look at problems from different angles, different perspectives. The first impressions we have are often based on our old knowledge, this knowledge in some way creates the experience and therefore we never look at anything from a different perspective, we constantly look at problems like we always have done.

Thankfully life brings us plenty of experiences that we can use to grow from. We grow as our experiences expand and eventually everything works out in it's own perfect way. However, usually, we fail to see the benefit of our hardships until years later when we look back at our life with a different perspective. But it doesn't have to be that way-&Our perspective, the way we choose to view things, makes all the difference in our enjoyment level, our happiness, and our success.

We have choices about how we look at the things that happen to us. Reader's Digest compiled some questions that show that common annoyances can seem less irritating once you find an uncommon way of looking at them. Here are a few examples: 1.) "Where else but in Washington, D.C. would they call the department that's in charge of everything outdoors the Department of the Interior?" 2.) "Why is it called baby-sitting when all you do is run after them?" 3.) "Why are income taxes due April 15, the same day the Titanic went down?" 4.) "How come the windshield wiper always works better on the passenger side?" And the Los Angeles Times Syndicate poses this metaphorical question, "Do you ever feel that life is a car wash and you're going through it on a bicycle?"

Pearls of Wisdom

You think you’re the first asshole in history? Not by a long shot. Ladies and gentlemen—a sampling of the masters.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Andrew Carnegie - 19th-century robber baron who owned half of America

If you let a bully come in your front yard, he’ll be on your porch the next day, and the day after that he’ll rape your wife in your own bed.
Lyndon B. Johnson - 36th President of the United States

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Renaissance writer coined the term the ends justify the means

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
Groucho Marx - 20th-century philosopher and comedian

Golf courses are the best place to observe ministers, but none of them are above cheating a bit.
John D. Rockefeller - America’s very first billionaire

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
Sun Tzu - Fourth-century B.C. Chinese general and tactical genius

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt - The man who built the American railroad.

I realize that not everything is funny and that laughter can be completely out of place if the timing is wrong. But, the next time life's little foul-ups are getting to me, I'm going to see if I can find the comic's perspective and use my wittiness to outwit the dimwits and the nitwits.

The Supreme Court established the definition of obscenity. The Supreme Court's definition is designed to cover hard-core pornography. Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment. To be obscene, material must meet a three-prong test:
  1. An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
  2. The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and
  3. The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

How does the FCC determine obscenity? Like all unnecessary trouble, it starts with a goddamn tattletale. The Federal Communications Commission doesn't actually monitor airwaves; it merely responds to complaints.

Every year it receives more calls about fewer programs because of mobilization efforts by busybodies like the Parents Television Council, who raised hell after Janet Jackson's udder popped out at the Super Bowl. Once a complaint is filed, potential violations are investigated by an enforcement bureau using guidelines that can be summed up like so: "If we think it's offensive, it is." If the FCC detects filth, a broadcaster is warned that a fine may be levied for offending the public's puritanical sensibilities. Usually both sides settle the matter by creating a plan to ensure that there'll be no further violations, and then money exchanges hands-a "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury. Of course, the FCC has no authority over everything. So, on behalf of everyone - everywhere, we say, "Suck our balls, FCC!"

With the acknowledgment that there are many individual exceptions, a major defining characteristic of modern-day liberalism is the ease with which liberals take offense personally and/or on behalf of others. Liberals regularly portray as offended women, African Americans, Jews, American Indians, gays and every other group liberals declare a minority, i.e., any group that votes Democrat -- no group that votes Republican, such as Mormons, Cuban Americans and Vietnamese Americans, is considered a "minority." All other groups are constantly warned that almost anything they say that is not patronizing of those groups is offensive (and therefore subject to litigation).

I am continually astounded at how often folks will say they are offended by something, when what they really mean is that they don't agree with me. Conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them. Moreover, the culture does not allow me to feel offended, since I am not an officially designated minority.

Liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based. The list of irrational, feelings-based liberal positions is almost as long as the list of contemporary liberal positions. The relevant point here is that people who take positions based on feelings will of necessity take disagreement more personally and feel offended more often than others. Liberals' claims of being offended themselves or on behalf of a selected group are almost endless.

Liberal Jews and non-Jews claim that "Merry Christmas" offends Jews and other non-Christians. That 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas is of no importance to the easily offended. Liberal American Indian spokesmen and other liberals regularly tell us how offensive Indian names of sports teams are. The latest polls show that most Indians have no problem with such names, but liberals are still offended on their behalf. Part of America remains the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. An almost equally large part is now the Land of the Easily Offended and the Home of the Hypersensitive. Which land we become is a big part of the second American civil war.

Offensive and obscene are two words that are purely a point of view. They are not words like Black and White, which should be definitive to what it is you are trying to describe. This isn't to say that you shouldn't use offensive or obscene to describe something, just that you need to be careful and understand that some things are not exactly as they seem. In making indecency and profanity determinations, context is key.

Unless plain speaking is allowed, clear thinking is denied. There can be no good reason for denying freedom of expression, there is no case to rebut, only the empty slogans of people inspired by selfishness and unrestrained by morality. The proponents of this nonsense neither understand the implications of what they say, nor why they are saying it.

On a given topic, a point of view is a cognitive perspective. It not only applies to what your looking at but also depends on what you haven't seen. Go ahead and take a look at the rest of the website, don't worry there isn't any XXX or anything like that. If you get offended, remember - Perspective.



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