Did you know that there are castles and even lighthouses that are less expensive than NYC apartments and that you can’t see as many colors as a chicken?
Knowing the facts can change our perspective because we have more information to base a decision on. It allows us to look at things from a different viewpoint.
With 300 sextillion stars out there in our universe (3 trillion x 100 billion) there is no other planet known that can sustain human life, which means that the over 7 billion people on this planet are stuck with each other. So perhaps the most common and important situation in which we benefit from looking at things from a different viewpoint is when we try to see something from another person's perspective.
Consider the change in perspective here:
The lookout on a battleship at sea in heavy weather and patchy fog suddenly reported to the captain, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.” The captain asked, “Is it steady or moving astern?” The lookout replied, “Steady, captain,” which meant they were on a collision course with that ship. The captain then ordered the signalman to signal that ship with the message, “We are on a collision course. Advise you to change course 20 degrees.” Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.” The captain said to send another message saying, “I’m a captain. Change course 20 degrees.” Back came the reply, “I’m a seaman second class. You had better change course 20 degrees.” By that time the captain was furious. He spat out, “Send, I’m a battleship! Change course 20 degrees!” Back came the flashing light, “I’m a lighthouse.” The captain changed course. (Condensed from the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)
Looking at things from a different viewpoint keeps us from judging too quickly and enables us to respect others even if we don’t agree with them. Yelling, shouting or barking orders at others takes their dignity, and yours as well. “Never take a person's dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.”
― Frank X Barron
Albert Einstein once said, “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
Most of us have certain moral values; guiding principles that are like vows we make to ourselves. If we violate those, we dishonor ourselves.
“How can you still count yourself a knight, when you have forsaken every vow you ever swore?" From Clash of the Kings, by George R. R. Martin.
Here is a valuable lesson in how you can benefit from seeing things from a different viewpoint:
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