Exploring objective and subjective perspectives

With the awareness that we now possess pertaining to active and passive thoughts and how emotions and thoughts may be manipulated by external stimuli, we are ready to explore the subject of objective and subjective perspectives, but, before we do, we must be able to define what a perspective is.

A perspective can be defined as a view point that an individual forms in regard/relation to an external stimulus. Similar to all things, perspectives may be manipulated by external stimuli if one does not possess the appropriate awareness. By utilizing objective and subjective perspectives correctly, an individual is able to respond to an external stimulus in a requisite manner.

From an objective perspective, an individual removes their personal bias from the perspective. By doing so, the individual is then able to see the facts for what they are, not concerning themselves with whether or not a fact is just or unjust in relation to their moral compass. Viewing an external stimulus in this regard allows one to view the factual truth in relation to the external stimulus, but doesn’t necessarily allow for a relative empathetic response. Inversely, from a subjective perspective, an individual embraces their personal bias in relation to an external stimulus, which allows them to respond in a more relative and empathetic manner, but doesn’t necessarily allow an individual to see the factual truth of the external stimulus.

Both of these perspectives may be beneficial if used correctly by an individual – for example; a professor grading an essay. The professor may want to grade from an objective perspective to be fair towards all of his/her students. While this may be beneficial in some applications, it could be detrimental in others for example: A professor may want to use the more empathetic subjective perspective combined with an objective perspective to interact with a bereaving student. The professor has to be aware that students may use lies such as the loss of a loved one to manipulate the professor into giving them an extension on an assignment, but the professor also has to be aware that the student may be telling the truth, requiring a more empathetic response.

While these perspectives are beneficial if used appropriately, they may be detrimental if one is used with strict adherence. An individual who views external stimuli from strictly an objective perspective may over time begin to lose the ability to relate empathetically towards external stimuli. The same can be said about strict adherence to a subjective perspective. If an individual views external stimuli solely from a subjective perspective, they become more unbeknownst to the factual truth in relation to external stimuli. They may be able to empathize well with other individuals, but, because of the inability to see the factual truth external stimuli, they also may develop ideologies that may be considered radical.

By using and combining these perspectives accordingly, individuals are able to act in a requisite manner in relation to external stimuli while protecting their ideologies.


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