Projecting One’s Own Thoughts Onto the Words of the Writer or Speaker

From the Get Schooled blog, the thread on Betsy DeVos, June 12, 2017. Blend in the following thoughts of mine, here:

“It is becoming more obvious to me that most people will project onto others (living and the dead) their own level of consciousness.

That is how we elected Donald Trump as our president. I am convinced that the primary way out of this cesspool that Americans are now engulfed within is through education that will raise the consciousness of her citizens. When that elevation of consciousness happens, then, at least, citizens will project onto others a higher order of awareness and of reality than exists now. For-profit public schools will never raise consciousness to that level, and even service public school must work, without undue influences, to raise that level of consciousness in students.

It begins by citizens’ recognizing that liberal arts are probably more important to the survival of our species and the planet than even science and math. Unless we place sufficient emphasis on raising the consciousness of our citizens through understanding human nature in depth via literature, art, music, history, and psychology, we will continue to see others only through having our own limited consciousness looking back at us.”

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I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on June 11, 2017:

When I was in grad school, many, many, many, many years ago, I learned that what an individual person brings to a work of literature is as much a part of the outcome of the reading process as what the author brings in writing his or her perceptions.

I have learned so much by being on this blog in very pragmatic ways that I knew academically previously. One of the pragmatic things that I have learned is that whatever I write (or what anyone writes) will be communicated only through the understanding lens of the reader. In other words, people project onto the speaker or writer their own perceptions of what the writer is trying to communicate, often not what the writer had in mind, at all.

Therefore, the more educated one is in depth of thought, or layered thought, without prejudgments ordained by societal norms, the richer is one’s understanding of where a person is coming from who is writing or speaking. That is why I so often remind people to think in depth, not in caricatures. That is why I also so often remind people to study the character of the writer or speaker with great detail because that character will let one know the truth or the lies behind the words. Think of Donald Trump.
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Here are two examples from this blog of how various readers can interpret the writer’s message in differing ways, for any person who may wish to explore this phenomena in more detail, through these two examples:

(1) https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/the-fiction-that-president-obama-is-an-imperialist-president/

(2) https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/intellectual-dissection-of-the-forest-vs-the-trees/

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I posted the following remarks on Jay Bookman’s blog on June 22, 2017:

“Something for another poster to ponder:

Do you think that the consciousness of the American society toward gays has become more elevated in the past 30 years? I believe the answer to that question would be ‘Yes.’

Since that is true, then can you not make the connection that raising the consciousness of the society eventually affects the voting public’s choices, such as equality under the law for marriage between people of the same sex? Or, the equality of black people to white people? Or, the right of women to vote as men had done before them?

All those are examples of a change in the consciousness of a society which even affects the members of the U. S. Congress, and even the President of the United States. That consciousness does not happen in a matter of four years or even a decade. Sometimes it takes centuries.”

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One Response to Projecting One’s Own Thoughts Onto the Words of the Writer or Speaker

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    It certainly is a very bad thing when anyone thinks in stereotypes and/or drops context, and thus gets the wrong idea about what a speaker or writer is saying. Probably most speakers and writers are subjected to at least some of this. Certainly my favorite thinker, Ayn Rand, has been subjected to a lot of it.

    Another example would be Barry Goldwater’s statements “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue”. He was trying to resist and expose the loaded, highly illogical notion of “extremism” that had been used effectively by some of his political enemies. But people who continued to use that loaded, highly illogical notion of “extremism” as though it were valid considered him to have said something terrible.

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