It is one of the most unsettling things to think that nobody else will ever see something the way you see something. Perception plays one of the biggest roles in our lives, helping us determine if there is danger present and such. Our perception is what constitutes how we make decisions and live our lives, perhaps that is why we live such different lives from each other. It is also why a Mexican would be more likely to perceive a traditional Mexican setting, and why an American would be more likely to perceive a traditional American setting when shown images of both:

The results [of the study conducted]… indicate a strong tendency for subjects to see the scenes from their own culture rather than the scenes from an unfamiliar culture.

Other items can influence our perception besides our culture, mood can play a big part in the way we perceive items. As an example, when someone is in a relationship, they are more likely to be happy when watching a romantic movie, because they feel happy in their relationship. However, if they were to break up with their partner, they might not perceive the movie the same way, they may even call their once favorite movie cheesy and unrealistic, and get upset at the happy scenes that once made them happy as well.

Somebody once told me that when you fall in love, you will see the world through rose colored glasses. At first, I thought that was ridiculous, falling in love with somebody couldn’t change your perception about the only world you had ever known. At least that is what I thought until I fell in love and realized that being in love really does change your perception of the world. It is a beautiful thing to see the world in vivid color and to have joy in your life.

The American Jewish Committee was interested in studying the effects of satire in reducing prejudice… The cartoons featured an exaggerated figure named “Mr. Biggott,” who appeared in situations designed to make prejudice appear ridiculous.

Another thing that changes based on perception is satire. As stated in the quote, the American Jewish Committee created a cartoon to study how people perceived obviously satirical comics that made fun of prejudice. There findings were not very surprising: people who were already prejudiced saw the comic as a reaffirmation of their beliefs, whilst people who were unprejudiced saw the comic as what it was meant to be seen as, satire. People believe what they want to believe, and see what they want to see. The ignorant will remain ignorant, and in a way, I envy them. After all, ignorance is bliss.