Looking At How We Look At Things: How The Paradox Of Duality Helps Us Achieve Clear Perception.

PART 1 of 3: Seeing with BOTH lenses.


To know something is real we must form the idea of that thing

We form this idea by comparing the thing to what we already know about another thing.

All ideas of things are based on ideas of other things. 

So everything we know about everything in our world is a result of our brains making a series of assessments. Assessment, by default, uses comparison.

Let’s assume there are TWO lenses through which we can derive our interpretation of reality:


1. Through the lens of SEPARATENESS, (How is the cat like the dog/how is the dog like the cat)

2. Through the lens of CONNECTEDNESS or ‘oneness’ (How are the dog and the cat eachother).


Each lens here, poses a unique problem.

When we view a thing through the 1st lens—the lens of SEPARATENESS, do we base our concept of the dog off the cat, or, the cat off the dog? In either case, you’ve already selected a standard by which to compare, and by default, this skews the perspective of the observer — observer bias!

In other words, when you base your idea of a thing on your idea of another thing, this biases the inherent truth of what the first thing actually is.

When we view a thing through the 2nd lens, the lens of CONNECTEDNESS or ‘oneness’, we begin with the assumption that the dog and the cat are already one. These two things have the illusion of being different, but are inherently the same.

The problem: If we try to compare a thing to itself, we fail. Because you can’t base your concept of something off of itself. Remember—comparison requires a second point…a point of reference

Seeing through the 2nd lens is kind of like trying to look someone in both eyes at the same time….doesn’t work!

Thus, we have a dilemma: The 1st lens gives us a false perception of reality, but it’s how our brain can perceive the world, and the 2nd lens gives us a true perception of reality, but our brain can’t perceive the world in this way.


Makes you wonder–does this mean reality has to be an illusion? Can we ever know anything as it inherently is?

Not entirely– as we’ll never know the ultimate truth, but we can get closer to the truth, by refining our PERCEPTION.

Instead of seeing things through the 1st lens—the lens of SEPARATENESS, we have to shift toward seeing things through BOTH lenses— the 1st and 2nd lenses overlapped — to get the clearest view

To understand how this is possible, let’s re-define the lenses in spatial terms:

 First Imagine a line.




Because our brain structure is BINARY, we must perceive things as existing on A LINE, because this is the only way our brains can perceive things.

You cannot create a line with one point. You need TWO points.

When we see through the 1st lens of SEPARATENESS, our idea of what a thing is exists somewhere on a line that connects two separate points. Let’s start with thing (A).   Your idea of this thing (point a),  is some version of the actual thing (point A) , RELATIVE to some other thing — (point B).


(A)•———•————————–• (B.)

      ………  ↑ my perception of A (a)..


Thus, the lens of SEPARATENESS can be re-imagined as THE LINE PERSPECTIVE

On the flip side, the lens of CONNECTEDNESS can be re-imagined as the DOT PERSPECTIVE. Because it’s based on the dot – the single point. The idea of the thing (point a) is based on that thing itself (point A). There’s no line because there’s no separate second point

(A) and (a)   • ……………

So, to make both perspectives work simultaneously, we have to figure out how we can get (point A), and (point B), to both exist at the SAME POINT, while at the same time, REMAINING ON A LINE.

That is to say, how do we merge the LINE PERSPECTIVE with the DOT PERSPECTIVE? Seems impossible for both conditions to be true.

But that’s where PARADOX solves the riddle:

We already know that two diametrically opposed things have to already exist as the same thing.

So we don’t solve the problem by trying to merge these two opposite perspectives. Instead, we have to PERCEIVE THE TWO AS ALREADY EXISTING AS ONE.

The solution: Simply perceive a thing as being made up by its OPPOSITES.

It makes perfect sense!

Not only does this provide two separate and distinct points of comparison, but both points of comparison exist at the same point —within the thing itself! The conditions of both the DOT and LINE perspective can be true — just like the paradox tells us.

The Paradox of Duality solves the riddle 

Therefore, identifying a things OPPOSITES is the key to seeing a thing as it ACTUALLY is. And this is how we achieve clear PERCEPTION.

I’ll explain HOW we can work toward seeing the opposites in things in Part (2/3) WHEN 2 LENSES MERGE: PERCEIVING OPPOSITES




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