Friday, September 20, 2013

The Absolute Reference Point

If we had defined this as "cable", then the cables we know
would be something different
I had a very...deep conversation with one of my classmates today. We were sitting in class with the teacher talking and doing his job(this one teaches religion- yes, we have a class about religion) and this guy and I start talking about the difference between realities. While we were having this conversation, which had the result of both of us agreeing that a window is only a window, because we have defined a square glass structure as a window, inspiration stroke.

Area A and Area B are the same color
The thing was that while we had this extremely deep/ spur of the moment kind of discussion, the teacher talked about how there is this notion that God exists as an ethical reference point to all humans.
This piqued my interest a lot, because if you think about it all humans need some higher power to rule them in order to function. This power isn't necessarily God, it can be a politician, or some other kind of compass- ethical, emotional or logical- to point in a desired direction. Such as an author you are obsessed with or a singer who makes some kind of statement about rights/life or even expresses some arbitrary opinion.

Biologically speaking, this pattern can be found in our behavior, as well as the eye. Our eyes, as studies suggest, interpret colors based on a comparison the brain makes between the other colors in the room. So in short, the eye takes mental notes of a color and then figures out what another color is, based on the initial reference point.

Psychologically speaking, this pattern is what drives our desire to have a leader. This very same principle applies to animals that form packs. We need somebody to act as a role model, so that we, as humans, can see that our behavior is acceptable. By the same token, peer pressure usually has this much effect on people, because the meaning of "acceptable" actions is shifted within a group. If you see your close friend smoking and all your other friends do the exact same thing, then it is more likely for you to actually imitate the same action, just because your reference point are your friends. This becomes even more intense if you are asked to smoke.

With the same mindset, this is what makes us decide what is beautiful or not. We take a reference point- let's say a person we admire- and then we try to imitate their style. From then on, everything associated with this kind of style suddenly becomes what we call "appealing" or "beautiful".

Basically, as humans, our perception of the world is a mix of reference points serving as axes, for us to revolve around.