Looking Past Our Windows of Perception

While I was flying to the U.K. tonight, I read around 200 pages of a book where the author was attempting to accurately date the Great Pyramid in Egypt.  There has been much controversy on the true building date of the Giza Pyramid. That’s what struck me as a interesting topic to read but the approach the author took as he outlined the many theories surrounding the Great Pyramid was what got me thinking.

You may or may not have seen Robert M. Schoch’s documentary on the Great Sphinx of Giza in the 1990’s. He is a trained geologist who studied the erosion patterns of this enigmatic sculpture. Mr Schoch determined that two weathering patterns existed; one by wind/sand and the other by flowing water from rain. His controversial scientific opinion was the Sphinx was built many thousands of years before current thinking, during the times when the Sahara was not a desert and had regular rainfall. It was the only sound explanation for the erosion pattern.

In Pyramid Quest, Mr. Schoch trains his attention on the Great Pyramid. He does something quite interesting to me. Mr Schoch explains in detail many of the most famous theories surrounding the date and purpose of the Great Pyramid. In almost every theory, he was able to show how the events of the time were influencing the author’s theory. No one had stepped back to try and view the Great Pyramid in the context of the people who lived when it was built.

It made me wonder how often we miss the true understanding of something because we are seeing it in the context of our own experience. How many times do you put yourself in another’s shoes to gain understanding from their perspective? It’s not very easy to do, but I believe it is vital to gaining a more accurate understanding of a person or thing.

I’m going to work on being more aware of where my opinions, thoughts and beliefs are coming from. My perception may be keeping me from a clear understanding or interpretation of a person or situation.