Wednesday, 6 August 2008

"Going For Vacation Again?" A Matter of Perspective!


Something rather amusing and puzzling occurred earlier on. I was reading the Beijing Olympic news in the newspaper and suddenly one of my colleagues walked straight to me and remarked, "Going for holiday again?"

I was rather puzzled how can one possibly equate reading Olympic news in the newspaper as going for a vacation or holiday? Then it dawned on me that perhaps from a distance away, the full colour page that I was reading did look like some photographs of some exotic destination.

A good lesson on perspective. What you think or perceive may not necessary be right unless you see it from the other perspective!

7 comments:

Sze Zeng said...

Your epiphany strangely reminds me of John Frame and Poythress' Perspectivalism.

"To maximize my own knowledge, I need the knowledge of everyone else, especially that of God. So to see everything perfectly from my own perspective involves seeing everything from everyone else’s perspective, and from God’s. In that sense, finite perspectives are dependent on God’s and interdependent on one anothers’. My perspective should ideally include yours, and vice versa.

Frame-Poythress

Sze Zeng said...

And a good example would be your recent trip to Greece. It could be seen as a 'vacation'. But on the other hand, it's more like a teaching trip for you. Like Jesus, an itinerant prophet...opps...i mean teacher :)

Kar Yong said...

Hi Sze Zeng,
Haha...

Don't forget my trip to attend SBL International meeting! In fact, one of my students loudly said to the class after my return from SBL, "the toursit is finally back."

It's rather glaring that we sometimes impose our persepctive on others before we could even clarify with the other party or hear the other party out - this teaches me to listen a bit more. It could save one from many embarassing moments.

Paul said...

You are having such a good time that some people are just jealous :-) LOL

Kar Yong said...

Hi Paul,

You really think so? Haha...

How's your new place? Hope you have settled down in YOUR OWN house.

Paul said...

When you come for your next holiday in NZ ... :-) come and visit me in my new house. It's a cool house ... no, actually it's cold house :-( but fellowship and people are warm

Kar Yong said...

Hi Paul,
Don't know when it will be the next holiday....or even another trip to NZ....

BTW, which NZ home is warm....hahahah