from behind the veils of perception

23 Jul

William Blake was a really smart man, there’s no arguing on that! So when he goes around saying

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.

you cant really disagree can you? I must admit I never cared much for the guy and i really heard this quote through Jim Morrison. Well whatever, it sounded cool when the guy said it! You always need a smart guy and a cool guy to make a quote and get it famous (I really need a cool guy or a marketing agent to get this blog more views, no seriously!).

So I had this really important work somewhere and unfortunately I had to walk there. And what i didn’t know was that I had to walk 4-5 kilometers and this walk was from the backward parts of the city. I felt like I was walking through The Narrows.

It took me an hour to cover the distance, yes using GPS and not asking people can make one slow but in my defense i was scared of  being mugged. What followed was me walking around following my GPS and observing each and every moving thing around me. This observation slowly transformed from fear to intrigue. What first stuck my fancy through a series of clichéd events(if it weren’t, this post would have been longer) was that they were so…ordinary! yes that’s the word. And I had never thought of that before, that these people could be ordinary. Poor, yes..but ordinary. Just like any one of us.

It was at this moment that I stopped thinking about being mugged and started observing more at this poverty struck reflection of ordinary society. It was fascinating to observe a low budget replica( i kinda like using film related terms, sorry) of your average day. Take off all the money and our life would be exactly as theirs, is what I felt.

And all that made me think any different was my perception, a perception inculcated in me by those around me, by my daily influences. I never cared to question it, after all its a known fact that the scum of the society comes from the poor, right? Maybe yes. I don’t know. But what I saw that day, weren’t the scum of the society. They were family men, friends, mothers, sisters, workers etc.

So now when I hear the William Blake quote, I think about the walk I took. It used to sound cool to me, but now it makes sense. But the biggest thing out of all this, a little bit of personal gain has been that, I have learned to avoid the veil of perception and see things for myself. I feel a better person. Its a simple story, with a greater impact. I like that. Simplicity can be greatly effective.

PS: If I had been mugged or stabbed that day, this would have been a completely different post!

4 Responses to “from behind the veils of perception”

  1. STEPHEN 777 July 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Great insight. Seems by paying clear attention and viewing each person without your usual lens of perception which is really only judgment you saw reality. Or what passes for reality in our lame minds.
    When we get rid of judgment I think we see without perception and then see what is, not what we judge as is. But what do I know?

    • wackyindiankid July 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Yes and that’s what makes it more interesting isn’t it? I mean the poor need not be the bad ones like I said before but then again, what if I had been attacked? In that case would the poor be the scum? Its the lack of a definite that intrigues me! No one can be categorized as anything but an individual!

  2. mikewithered August 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Nice example of self awareness and recognition of social conditioning. What’s perplexing is the realization that this veil is only one of potentially infinite layers that filter our perspective. Every realization/epiphany brings us closer to the core of who we really are as individuals but who knows if we’ll actually discover our true selves by the end of it all. Or if we really want to 😉

    • wackyindiankid August 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      yes! that’s what exactly amused me here. Do i take this one incident and believe I was being highly perceptive and be free in such neighborhood? Is it ok to do that? Or does that increase the risk next time? Its one thing you cant be sure about. The fear might always be there. Who knows!

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