Here to There

January 14, 2017

BW photograph of a concrete road overpass overtop a field.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

How do we get from here to there?

That is a quintessential/existential question-the answer to which is based on the determination of what or where “here” and “there” are.  Once again we are within the realm of perception.

From a psychological perspective, sensation is the sensory data we encounter through sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.  Perception is the meaning ascribed to that data.  For example, while the data documenting climate change is quite clear, there are different conclusions drawn.  Some see this an opportunity to gain access to natural resources heretofore covered by the now melting ice sheets and glaciers.  Others interpret this as a continuation of the mindset that created the problem in the first place.

This interview is what generated the idea for today’s post.  Please be sure to listen to the entire discussion as it is interesting to hear the different perspectives provided by the host, Bob Garfield, and the interviewee, Rebecca Solnit.  Ms. Solnit’s view of optimism and pessimism is particularly intriguing.  As an aside, climate change factors prominently in this discussion.

Take care.

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