The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

NATO, family, or friends: Feelings are not facts

May 16, 2012

Imagine living back in the day when our Sun revolved around the Earth. Then, along comes a guy who says, “We have it wrong, the Earth twirls about the Sun.”

It may take years for that idea to trend its way throughout the land and reach your hamlet but when it does, yipes.

If you were a farmer in 1530 with no education other than what was taught by your church, the idea of the Earth not being the center of everything could seem ridiculous, or very frightening. Maybe you would shrug it off, but it could be a seed of doubt that nags you the rest of your rural Renaissance life.

Being an educated man of wealth in 1550, you might read Copernicus’ On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. It could open your mind and stimulate thought unless you are devoutly religious and become scared and angry. If a young man, you might embark on a life of science (women didn’t do much embarking then) or burn the book and join a monastery. 

Then and now, our perceptions are important to us. They are shaped by our family, culture, background, education, environment, and experiences. We tend to identify with our perceptions, so emotions are triggered when the perceptions are threatened or dismissed.

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