Throughout the book Considerations author Colin Wright focuses on the importance of gaining perspective and building new perspectives into your personal philosophy. Across every area of life that Wright addresses he highlights the importance of your perspective and awareness, and what benefits come from greater perspectives.
When addressing world views and our influences, Wright expands the importance of perspective to consider how we should think about the ideas of others. He explains that our own thoughts and ideas are not completely independent of the thoughts and ideas of others since we are shaped from the time we are born by media, society, our parents, and experiences. Each of these factors impacts the way we interpret the world, shaping our thoughts and feelings. Wright continues to explain that as we get older and take in more media or gain experiences, these ideas become more independent of others, and become more unique. He pulls in the idea of perspective by explaining that we cannot judge the decisions of others based on our perspective and world views for no one else can be expected to share our ideas, thoughts, and experiences.
Wright argues that once we understand the influence of our own ideas we can better relate and connect with others. In his mind it is important to give up the idea that we are solely in control of our thoughts, actions, and perspectives, “we need to be aware that our view of the world is filtered through overlapping lenses made up of different influences. These lenses are so effective that you and I could see the exact same car accident and perceive it in different ways.” All of the experiences we have and everything that shapes our thoughts and expectations become the lenses through which we see the world. We cannot always perceive what is shaping our perception, but it is important to know that we are driven in certain directions for reasons we cannot always control. Being aware of this helps us to make better decisions.
When Wright expands this idea beyond ourselves toward others, he shows how important it is not to judge others or think less of them for their thoughts or actions. It is very difficult, especially with people we do not like, to pause and consider their background and what may be shaping their decisions and ideas. However, if we can pause and think about why others have adopted their worldview, we can better understand their decisions and have meaningful conversation with them which will help us adopt new perspectives.