August 11, 2010

What You See, What Is?

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Anais Nin
20th century French author

. . . as we think, as we want them to be, most likely anyway but what they are.

How do you remove the "you" filter when trying to understand new things?


  1. Bill, this is an original quote from Talmud, which I believe to have a "prior art" qualification :).

  2. All my searches cite Ms. Nin as the author. While none I saw said anything about where she came up with the thought, it is possible she studied the Talmud and was quoting from it. However I also did not find anything saying she did or even that she was Jewish (she was born in France to parents of Cuban, French, and Dutch ancestory.)

    Whatever the source, I like the thought.