LIFE EXPERIENCE

What is the most frightening moment you have ever experienced?

Let me talk about an experience that normal people will not have in your entire life. Let you feel what is the collapse of the worldview and what is terrible.
This is the story a good friend of mine told me about her:

***(In the following pages, I will tell this story in the first person.)***

I was born blind in my left eye, but I realized it only when I was 7 years old. Before, neither I nor anyone else realized what was wrong with me.

Do you know how terrible this means? This incident completely refreshed my worldview! Because “everyone didn’t realize what was abnormal” itself is the biggest abnormality.

This means that the world we each perceive may be completely different at all, but we are not aware of this. Although we can “feel” the same thing, this thing may not be the same in our perception.

Ordinary people may think that this cognitive difference is at most the difference between red-green blindness and ordinary people. The fact is that this difference may be so large that humans cannot imagine it, but we are not aware of it. For example, I couldn’t see anything with my left eye, but because I was born that way, I accepted this setting as a matter of course, without feeling anything wrong!

Go further. If this difference in individual world views does not affect the logical consistency of the world. We may live in the illusion of “all men are created equal” all our lives without being able to discover it, just like many red-green blind people who have never realized that there is a problem with their cognition. We think that the world recognized by others is the same as the world recognized by ourselves. However, the fact is that you may not realize it if we are different. And even if we realize that the worlds in our respective brains are different, we cannot communicate what is different.

Before I was 7 years old, I always thought the world I saw was the world you saw. It wasn’t until I took my eyesight for the first time when I was 7 years old. Others suddenly told me that the world that you have been seeing for granted is not the same as the world that others see!

Is there anything more horrible than this?

Samuel Whyte

A psychology enthusiast, interested in movies, painting,psychology, hiking, workout etc.

Speaks Chinese and English.

Currently lives in Shanghai, China.

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