Jungle Perspective

Posted: May 6, 2013 in Concrete Jungle Life
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The law of the jungle states that every man is for himself. Understood. Preservation. It is our method and mode of survival, but what about perspective? What we see, where we see it, and how we see it is everything as it relates to our endurance. In fact, I must contend that it is not what we do first that keeps us alive. It is what we see first, then what we do.

Nevertheless, even in our seeing if we do not perceive things accurately we could get killed. Perspective without context is meaningless. Better yet, perspective without appropriate context is a violation of reality. Without proper context you will never begin to see the truth and you know exactly what I mean. Mr. Pitiful filters the world through the lens of his own pain and it appears without rhyme or reason, he bleeds death by a thousand cuts. Moping in shame and in disgrace he persists in believing a lie that others are the cause of his own pain while refusing to acknowledge that he was party to the situation. Instead of helping him, we witness his foolishness and keep our comments to ourselves because we want no part of his delusion.

Then comes Ms. Déjà vu. Same bat time, same bat channel. Unable to break the cycle she attributes her woeful life to persons, places, and things. Shaded by her own shortcomings and failures, the bitterness of her soul spews out hatred and all the while she belligerently defends her case. Not only is she often held in contempt of the jungle court because of the obnoxiousness of her arrogance, she forever remains shackled to the law of insanity. So what does she do? She traps another victim and ensnares the once pure unsuspecting soul.

Permit me to digress from the jungle metaphor and reference this piece from Drs. Elder and Paul (2007) the authors of Analytic Thinking. They say, “Most of our reasoning is unspectacular [and]…it tends to become explicit only when someone challenges it and we have to defend it.” (p.6) I added this in because for all of us, in particular Mr. Pitiful and Ms. Déjà vu, the purpose of the pain or challenge is to aid us in becoming clearer in our reasoning not hurt us. Yet, being the creatures we are, we submit to a base self, illogical feelings, and distorted thinking forever shackling us to the muck and mire of an abysmal experience.

So before you are so quick to provide sanctuary for untested thoughts and declare the remaining jungle population anathema, ask yourself: What is my fundamental purpose? What is the main question I am trying to answer? Hopefully, you will see the world is less about you, and more about what you should be doing in it.

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