Perception

Sometimes I wonder how differently people see the world. I don’t mean what they actually are looking at, but what is their focal point?

For example, the picture below, is a photo I took today. A rainy day in Dunfermline. Now, my focus was the town clock, which is where the town centre is located. It is a building that stands out in the centre of Dunfermline. But, whilst my intention was to focus on the City Chambers and it’s big clock, the first thing that everyone else sees are the ‘To Let’ signs that hang outside the empty shops.
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It is pretty strange when you start thinking about people’s individual perception on things. When I was younger, I thought what I thought, and anything else was simply wrong. But, that’s not right. People perceive things differently, and come up with their own conclusions.

I find that kind of beautiful really. That everyone perceives everything slightly differently. They have their own thoughts and feelings that could impact any choice they make. It all depends on how they view things.

Intelligence?

Was having a thought today whilst watching The Simpsons. It is an episode where Lisa falls in love with her substitute teacher, because his passion for education. So much is the urge for her to bond with someone who matches her intellectually, that she thinks of her teacher almost as a father figure.

Throughout the continuing series of The Simpsons, Lisa is mocked for her intellect, which is abnormally high for an 8 year old. It clarifies how the world in general mocks intelligence. Yes, every school child is educated to go to University, and to be clever to a certain degree. But if they ever use their intelligence in a real situation, they would be ostracised and treated like a leper by their peers.

If people think intelligence is such a laughable quality, then why do so many people go to University and College? Then again, having a formal education doesn’t necessarily make someone intelligent. Its a persons thought patterns and opinions that make them appear to be clever. An age old method of measuring intelligence is if a person can show opinion and put across reasonings for that opinion. But opinion isn’t something that seems to interest a growing number of people. Why? Because it is easier and more convenient to agree with the masses and gorge on reality TV, rather than read into things and actually have to think about things. Which is sad really.

People also try to fake being intelligent. The art school, nerd is on trend right now, with the bookish dress-sense and over-sized glasses. Books and libraries are cool and trendy. But more people pose outside on the steps of library and post the photos on their Tumblr site. Because so many hipsters believe in style over substance. It makes me sad that things that mean so much to me, are used as nothing more as a accessory to some, as they try to appear smarter than what they actually are.

I don’t know why it bothers me so much. Maybe it’s because I was mocked when I was younger because I like the library. Maybe it’s because I made up my own mind about things rather than just go with what’s said by others. This left me alone, and I found my solace in books and music. Maybe it saddens me because I take great pride in learning new things, and to know that some people just mock it is sad.