Monday, February 11, 2013

Can't see the Gorilla right in front of your face

".....what we're thinking about — what we're focused on — filters the world around us so aggressively that it literally shapes what we see."

I heard this interesting story on NPR this morning about sight and focus and blind spots. You can read it or listen to it here:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/11/171409656/why-even-radiologists-can-miss-a-gorilla-hiding-in-plain-sight

It seems that when you are told to focus on a particular thing, in the case of radiologists that would be cancer cells, you can miss even the sight of an angry gorilla right in front of you. This has got me thinking about what I am focusing on and what I might be missing. Is this a good thing? I think it might be. If I choose to focus on kindness, love, and joy does that blind me to selfishness, hate, and sadness. No, of course not, because those things are a part of me and the world. Maybe what we focus on determines the power of particular things over us? However, if it is a real angry gorilla in my face will he not do me harm whether I see him or not?


Smith Wigglesworth - “I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe.”

2 comments:

Keith Roberts said...

I LIKE this! This is a good quote. Makes ya think ya know? Good stuff Godfather! Yup dut wop dop!

Chuck said...

Thanks Keith for reading and commenting. Good luck on your trivia nights. Yup dot wop dop back at you.