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

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It is true, our minds unconsciously show us what we want to see. When asked, many criminals will be able to give you a reason to justify their crimes (revenge, messed up childhood,...) and they believe they were in the right when they committed their crimes.
To be close to the truth, we need to be able to put ourselves in others' shoes, by looking objectively from a different perspective, and by changing your position to look from different angles. We need to be able to question ourselves and be less scared to be wrong. If we are right, be proud of it; if you are wrong, own it!

Indeed if we look for things to be grateful, we will find plenty of them around us. If we are constantly unhappy and sad, we will find that the grass is greener only on the other side.
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Skepticism and pessimism is a terrible trait. If only we know how powerful our thoughts are, we will channel that energy to think more positively. Just like when God told Abraham, "as far as your eyes can see, that will be yours and for your generations." To be honest, I do not befriend pessimistic people. I surround myself with positive thinking individuals that are full of hope and optimism. Energy can rub off on you easily, so I choose positivity always.
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Life can be so cruel sometimes, actually most times. I believe in the power of the mind. A lot of great inventions today started from the mind. We have been blessed to have a pictorial imagination, so vivid and active that we can literally use it to control the universe. Truly we see what we want to see.
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I agree with this completely. Some people only ever see the world in one way, while others do change but it can depend on their mood or tiredness levels. When they are happy everything is beautiful, but when they are sad they get stuck. It can be hard to get your thoughts and perspectives back on track.
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I believe the topic "we see what we want to see, meaning what we choose to see" is correct to a very big extent. we are usually quick to jump to a conclusion that our personality is drawn to even before reviewing and assessing the situation. It is because of this reason that I am in consensus that the mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. the mind if not controlled by a person can control one to do certain acts which are prejudicial to a person's growth and development.
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How you look at life definitely determines the way it goes. I have come to the same conclusion many times and learn something new each time.
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This is absolutely correct. Hence the saying 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' One has to view life beautifully in order to see the bauty of life. I like this saying because ut reflects our daily endeavours.
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This concept raises interesting philosophical questions about objectivity and subjectivity. It makes us wonder if there is such a thing as an objective reality that exists independently of our thoughts and emotions. It also highlights the power of our own thoughts and attitudes in shaping our perception and the potential for us to choose a more positive perspective.

The idea that we see what we want to see reminds us of the importance of cultivating a positive mindset and being aware of the biases and filters through which we view the world. It encourages us to consider how our own thoughts and attitudes can influence our experiences and reminds us of the transformative power of gratitude and a positive outlook on life.
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This has proven to be accurate in my experience. I'll find any excuse to be upset if anger has blinded me. I'd be more appreciative of everything if something positive had recently occurred.
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I totally agree with you..if you want to be happy you will but if you choose hanger instead still you will be hungry that's why i support this article
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A fun example of the fact that perception is mostly (if not fully) projection is this hilarious skit from Key & Peele:




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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.
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I agree with this as well. It is definitely thought provoking and will make me think twice of how I react when I feel angry for example.
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If we make a mistake and decide to recognize its positive aspects, we can also find inner peace and contentment. As much as we want to see the world as lovely as possible, let's see wrong as wrong and right as right while still being truthful and honest to our sentiments.
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In my view, we see world as our thoughts are processed in a way. If we think positive, we see this world in a positive way and vice versa. It's all about perception and thought process.
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Whatever emotions one has will constantly attract similar ones. This is just like the law of attraction: you attract what you constantly fix our minds on. Hence, we all should be wary of negative thoughts, as it affects the state of mind.
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