Making sharp first judgments is one of the worst things we do.Hmm.. Today I saw a commercial for a show called Thune Files. That made me think about the Thule-culture, a culture that thrived on Greenland some thousands years ago. From there I leaped to antiquity, since the name Thule derives from a fabled northlying land in either greece or roman writings. Thule have sometimes belived to be Iceland, other times Scandinavia. Then I remembered how I saw a quiz-show the other day, where they asked for where the city of Cartago was located. I've read that the destruction of Cartago was a crucial event in Roman history...
A never-ending flow of associations. That is the matter of how I think.
But more concrete, I often think about the matter of which we percieve things, in a personal matter, and how our personal perception colour what we think.
One subject I've been entertaining the last couple of days are our tendencies to reduce people to the experience of what we are introduced from them. If I met a stranger who happened to be rude, then my only perception of her would be that she is an rude person, and that would be all that she was to me. In that person there is an entire world, an completely unique and perhaps radically different way to see the world, an entire universe. And I would just dismiss it as "rude".
Come to think of it, the more provocated I am the more likely I am to label and dismiss people. And then I am more proned to act provocating toward her, and it will lead to a downward spiral where we hate each other and become enemies.