But what you need to understand is this: filters are necessary. Without filters reality cannot get through to you, without filters you are not able to interact with reality at all.
What is a filter, really? Filter is a predefined translator. Partially it is words. If and when you cannot name something, it doesn’t exist for you, or you don’t have any power to interact with it.
I remember my first encounter with “there is no filter/words for this thing” some 30-40 years ago in a book of short stories. There was this thing, heavy, big, silent, and it was threatening as hell… and the whole town was in fear of it. They didn’t know what it was, and therefore they had no way to interact with it.
The second encounter was in Star Trek IV: this “thing” was threatening to destroy the Earth… but what was it? Until they (the humans) figured out, by accident, that it was a probe they sent out some hundreds years earlier, they had no power to relate to it. 1
So filters are there for a reason. In the movie on Helen Keller, she had no filter until she had words. The world was undifferentiated nothingness, until she started to makes sense through filters, through words, through concepts.
So, if filters are a good thing, why do I harp on that all the time?
Two reasons you have a filter
- Each language has its own distortions, and they come from the level of understanding of the country, of the people when the words were invented. There is a distortion right there, that is an impediment to the accurate perception, the accurate and powerful interaction with the world.
- Each human has a set of filters that instead of creating a good working connection with reality, these filters act like the shaping disks of the pasta machine: anything that goes through them must conform in shape to them.
And if the filter says that you can’t… your relationship to the world is like that. I remember having a filter that I am big and ugly. Then, accidentally, I saw my mirror image in a big mirror in the Opera House, and I was tiny, and somewhat pretty. I didn’t recognize myself first from the image, the filter distorted my view so much.
It forced me to alter my filter to tiny and pretty.
The filter you are stuck with is a distortion of reality about you and about the world, and makes you ineffective in life.
- Some of you have a filter that you can’t, of you are bad, or something like that.
- Some of you have a filter that you are brilliant…
And counter to the teachings of all the assholes that teach you should have a high self-esteem, I teach that being cautiously realistic is the best way to relate to yourself and the world.
You are neither stupid, nor brilliant. You have certain results and they create a trend. If you want to change the trend you need to work at it.
An Expanding Human being isn’t weighed down with delusions of grandeur or delusions of inferiority. They are present at all times to re-evaluate their filters to become more and more effective in life…
Instead of being stuck and being ineffective and stagnant.
My activators rock the boat. They question your filters.
If you don’t like your boat rocked you will shrink even more. Get even more entrenched in your delusional world.
What a pity.
PS: Your arrogance is a filter
I just hung up with my Sunday conversation partner. It is becoming increasingly clear that the filter effectively stops you from doing any kind of thinking. You are not able to re-word the questions, you are not able to ask effective questions: why think if you already know the answer.
But 100% of the time, what you get is not what is said. 100% of the time. And unless you have the habit of saying “I understand it one way from the limited perspective of the human mind (mine), but it is probably not what was said… let me massage it around to see if I can glean a richer or different meaning than my filter gives me…” and unless you develop the skill to ask better questions, re-word sentences, you will never get outside of your filter, because it is NOT POSSIBLE. Developing a new filter is near impossible, the only winning chance is to be able to hold the filter in your hand and out of the way so you can see more, different, closer to reality.
I am very tempted to start an intelligence raising class… If I did (paid!!) would you be interested? Comment if yes. Depending on the schedule and the price, of course.