The Narratives of Others | Tinkered Thinking

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Key Takeaways

  • People tend to describe and view reality not objectively, but rather filtered through the lens of personal identity
  • The human mind tends to have a difficult time grasping to large concepts (such as reality or numbers in the millions):
    • “The tragedy of a single person is relatable primarily, and perhaps exclusively because it evokes a strong emotional reaction. Statistics, on the other hands rarely, if ever evoke an emotional reaction.” Tinkered Thinking
  • “This is why our narrative about reality is most often fuelled and filtered through a lens of personal identity. If personal identity in current times can be summed up as anything, it’s probably fair to say it’s a collection of those things that are most likely to make us emotional.” Tinkered Thinking

Intro

Reality Is Viewed Through Our Personal Narrative

  • People tend to describe and view reality not objectively, but rather filtered through the lens of personal identity
    • “The “facts” of a situation often don’t even make it into the conversation because we are too busy painting and repainting our own narrative of the world with attempts to repaint the narratives of others who are likewise trying to do the same to ‘us’.” – Tinkered Thinking
  • The human mind tends to have a difficult time grasping to large concepts (such as reality or numbers in the millions):
    • Joseph Stalin famously said “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.”
      • “The tragedy of a single person is relatable primarily, and perhaps exclusively because it evokes a strong emotional reaction. Statistics, on the other hands rarely, if ever evoke an emotional reaction.” Tinkered Thinking
        • “It requires a good deal of cognitive horsepower to really grasp the meaning of important statistics in a way that can have an emotional impact.”
  • “This is why our narrative about reality is most often fuelled and filtered through a lens of personal identity. If personal identity in current times can be summed up as anything, it’s probably fair to say it’s a collection of those things that are most likely to make us emotional.” Tinkered Thinking
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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