We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Discuss the November 2022 Philosophy Book of the Month, In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes.

To post in this forum, you must buy and read the book. After buying the book, please email a copy of your receipt to [email protected] to be given access to this forum.
Forum rules
This forum is for discussing the book In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All. Anyone can view the forum and read the post, but only people who purchased the book can post in the forum.

If your purchased has not already been verified, please email a copy of your receipt to [email protected] to be given access to this forum.
User avatar
Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
The admin formerly known as Scott
Posts: 5709
Joined: January 20th, 2007, 6:24 pm
Favorite Philosopher: Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
Contact:

We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes »

This is a discussion forum topic for the November 2022 Philosophy Book of the Month, In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All.


We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

The angry person will see reasons to be angry.

The unforgivingly resentful person will see unchangeable things worth resenting.

For others, the whole world is as beautiful as the beautiful eye and soul that beholds it.

If you look for reasons to be grateful, you will find them. You will find an infinite supply of them.



---
The book is available for purchase from all major book retailers in both ebook and hardcover format.

View on Barnes and Noble | View on Amazon | View on Books-A-Million | View on Bookshelves


Image
My entire political philosophy summed up in one tweet.

"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."

I believe spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline) manifests as bravery, confidence, grace, honesty, love, and inner peace.
User avatar
Surabhi Rani
Premium Member
Posts: 82
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 3:21 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Surabhi Rani »

This is called discovering one's true source of existence. The experience of true source of existence is generated by a true love that one finds in the course of his or her exploration of truth.
User avatar
Sushan
Book of the Month Discussion Leader
Posts: 2160
Joined: February 19th, 2021, 8:12 pm
Contact:

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Sushan »

I think it is a phenomenon that is associated with selfishness, ego, morbid pride, etc. A similar thought is found and discussed in the December Philosophical BOTM forum currently.

https://onlinephilosophyclub.com/forums ... 57&t=18492

We choose to see (or hear) what we want to be in or strengthen our beliefs. We are afraid and reluctant of change. So we choose not to hear (or see) any opposing facts.
“There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers”

– William James
Joannasbookshelf
Premium Member
Posts: 10
Joined: January 17th, 2023, 5:44 pm

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Joannasbookshelf »

People often let their emotions guide their thoughts and actions, rather than critically thinking about the problem at hand. If you’re overly negative, you will see everything as negative.
Lydia Matson
Premium Member
Posts: 10
Joined: January 17th, 2023, 5:44 pm

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Lydia Matson »

I have found this to be true in my life. If I'm blinded by anger, I'll find every reason to be angry. If something good just happened, I'll be more grateful about everything.
User avatar
meadowsem
Premium Member
Posts: 19
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:23 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by meadowsem »

I'm not religious, but my first response to this post was, "PREACH!" I worry about this, sometimes. What am I missing because I'm not seeing it? How can I change my worldview so I see things differently? Am I missing a great thing because I'm focused on something else? It's a daily, perhaps lifelong, wrestling match with my brain.
Wilkister Inzai Avagalwa
Premium Member
Posts: 8
Joined: January 17th, 2023, 5:44 pm

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Wilkister Inzai Avagalwa »

This is so true. As humans, we choose what we want to be or see. We sometimes get mad because we see reasons as to why we should get mad or we feel happy because we have reasons that makes as feel happy. In conclusion, we have the power to choose what we want to be.
Clara Alston
Premium Member
Posts: 10
Joined: January 17th, 2023, 5:44 pm

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Clara Alston »

If this truth alone can be learned, it will provide much-needed relief to so many currently suffering. You can always go back to this truth and find freedom in that you do not have to think this way. Your life thus far and your ego may cause you to believe you NEED to think this way when a certain situation happens. However, it simply is not so. You can just decide - I choose to think this way - and you can. Your mind is a free space to do with whatever you please.
Theresa Moffitt
Premium Member
Posts: 8
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:16 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Theresa Moffitt »

I agree- I think we choose how we want to feel and find reason to justify that. Two people can have the exact same experience and one can pull out only the negative aspects of it and the other can see some positive impacts. I think if you are generally a negative person, then you will see the negative side to all of your experiences. Or if you are angry at the world, then every day you can find reasons to support being angry.
Hubre De Klerk
Premium Member
Posts: 11
Joined: December 15th, 2022, 1:41 pm

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Hubre De Klerk »

I believe in this myself 100%
I believe we are in charge of our own happiness and it might not always be easy, but by focusing on the good in life and the beauty. Things that are positive and make you happy, that is what you code into your mind everyday. By focusing on the bad, negative, and irritating things daily, that is what you will see instead of the positives and good. That is what you load your mind with. So it is up to you in what you focus on daily.
Amy Luman
Premium Member
Posts: 18
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:16 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Amy Luman »

Sure, this is true. There are lots of things to see in the world, but each person chooses to see what they want. As a matter of fact, two people can see the exact same thing and come away with two different feelings. For example, if a child drops an ice cream cone, one will see only wasted ice cream and another will see only the hurt feelings of the child. It all depends on the perspective of the observer.
Leslie Kunde
Premium Member
Posts: 8
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:16 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Leslie Kunde »

I follow this every day. Even when my world was falling apart, I still spent time each morning finding things to be grateful for and to be happy about. Finding this happiness allowed me to see all the good in my life. No, the bad did not go away, but it could not consume or control me. I could see the good in others, and to understand their pain better.
User avatar
Tori_J
Premium Member
Posts: 10
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:24 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Tori_J »

I agree with you. I just finished answering the question about the most recent time I changed my mind about something significant and I stated there that I recently changed my mind about my religion. (if you can call 2020 recent) I converted from Christianity to agnostic. Well, I bring this up here because I realized that when I was a Christian, we point of view was really clouded. I would ignore flaws and biases in the scriptures just because it didn't serve purpose of strengthening my faith and I would latch unto those passages that do. I did not realize this until I converted. Then things that made sense before now started sounding like fables. Some act of wickedness which I once justified in the scripture now appeared just as they are, wickedness. It comes to show that we only see what we want to see.
Aditi Mehta 1
Premium Member
Posts: 9
Joined: November 3rd, 2022, 10:24 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Aditi Mehta 1 »

I think this is human tendency to look out for the things we want to see. If we are sad, we often look at the negative aspects of most things. If we want an opportunity, we look forward to getting one.
User avatar
Sheilaread
Premium Member
Posts: 12
Joined: January 20th, 2022, 12:59 am

Re: We see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see.

Post by Sheilaread »

What you have said here is very good. It’s thought provoking and causes great mental work.

I do agree with you, especially after reading over this a few times and working it out in my head.

We do tend to feel how our mind thinks. If we are happy, our mind finds reasons to be happy; however, if we are hurt or sad, we tend to be bitter or angry at lots of things and continue down that emotional path. We need to make choices to put ourselves in a positive thinking mode, so we can stay in a good attitude and be far more pleasant and productive.
Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All" by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes”

2023/2024 Philosophy Books of the Month

Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise

Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
by John K Danenbarger
January 2023

Mark Victor Hansen, Relentless: Wisdom Behind the Incomparable Chicken Soup for the Soul

Mark Victor Hansen, Relentless: Wisdom Behind the Incomparable Chicken Soup for the Soul
by Mitzi Perdue
February 2023

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness
by Chet Shupe
March 2023

The Unfakeable Code®

The Unfakeable Code®
by Tony Jeton Selimi
April 2023

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
by Alan Watts
May 2023

Killing Abel

Killing Abel
by Michael Tieman
June 2023

Reconfigurement: Reconfiguring Your Life at Any Stage and Planning Ahead

Reconfigurement: Reconfiguring Your Life at Any Stage and Planning Ahead
by E. Alan Fleischauer
July 2023

First Survivor: The Impossible Childhood Cancer Breakthrough

First Survivor: The Impossible Childhood Cancer Breakthrough
by Mark Unger
August 2023

Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational
by Dan Ariely
September 2023

Artwords

Artwords
by Beatriz M. Robles
November 2023

Fireproof Happiness: Extinguishing Anxiety & Igniting Hope

Fireproof Happiness: Extinguishing Anxiety & Igniting Hope
by Dr. Randy Ross
December 2023

Beyond the Golden Door: Seeing the American Dream Through an Immigrant's Eyes

Beyond the Golden Door: Seeing the American Dream Through an Immigrant's Eyes
by Ali Master
February 2024

2022 Philosophy Books of the Month

Emotional Intelligence At Work

Emotional Intelligence At Work
by Richard M Contino & Penelope J Holt
January 2022

Free Will, Do You Have It?

Free Will, Do You Have It?
by Albertus Kral
February 2022

My Enemy in Vietnam

My Enemy in Vietnam
by Billy Springer
March 2022

2X2 on the Ark

2X2 on the Ark
by Mary J Giuffra, PhD
April 2022

The Maestro Monologue

The Maestro Monologue
by Rob White
May 2022

What Makes America Great

What Makes America Great
by Bob Dowell
June 2022

The Truth Is Beyond Belief!

The Truth Is Beyond Belief!
by Jerry Durr
July 2022

Living in Color

Living in Color
by Mike Murphy
August 2022 (tentative)

The Not So Great American Novel

The Not So Great American Novel
by James E Doucette
September 2022

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette And Her Speeches

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette And Her Speeches
by John N. (Jake) Ferris
October 2022

In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All

In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All
by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
November 2022

The Smartest Person in the Room: The Root Cause and New Solution for Cybersecurity

The Smartest Person in the Room
by Christian Espinosa
December 2022

2021 Philosophy Books of the Month

The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God's Plan

The Biblical Clock
by Daniel Friedmann
March 2021

Wilderness Cry: A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe

Wilderness Cry
by Dr. Hilary L Hunt M.D.
April 2021

Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute: Tools To Spark Your Dream And Ignite Your Follow-Through

Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute
by Jeff Meyer
May 2021

Surviving the Business of Healthcare: Knowledge is Power

Surviving the Business of Healthcare
by Barbara Galutia Regis M.S. PA-C
June 2021

Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure

Winning the War on Cancer
by Sylvie Beljanski
July 2021

Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream

Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
by Dr Frank L Douglas
August 2021

If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your Buts

If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your Buts
by Mark L. Wdowiak
September 2021

The Preppers Medical Handbook

The Preppers Medical Handbook
by Dr. William W Forgey M.D.
October 2021

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress: A Practical Guide

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress
by Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, MD
November 2021

Dream For Peace: An Ambassador Memoir

Dream For Peace
by Dr. Ghoulem Berrah
December 2021