How often have we seen is that there is a gap between what is written and what is read. Often the state of mind we are in influences how we interpret a written word or phrase. The same holds good for a picture or a symbol. The mind undoubtedly plays a trick in such interpretations.
Let me give two examples:
Same way a written word is, more often than not, not interpreted the same way as it is meant to. The mind plays tricks and influences what we finally interpret from what we see and read. The interpretation that I speak of, is not only about know the meaning of the used word but goes beyond it and is more about the drawn perception upon reading the word. Another example is:
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, huh?
You can’t read what is written but can perceive what it is meant to convey! Amazing mind at work again! Of course the examples I presented above had deliberate and obvious distortions with an objective of demonstrating that our interpretation/perception is what carries the maximum weightage than what is actually written.
In our day to day life, sentences or words with no obvious distortions or hidden tricks can still lead to different interpretation/perception by different individuals and hence influence their following reactions, and it doesn’t even have to be those phrases that carry different things in different cultural context. Each written word becomes a stimulus, stimulating different responses based on an individual’s perception. Sometimes the brain doesn’t even wait till the entire phrase, sentence or paragraph is completely read. Even if completely read, still certain keywords could trigger a perception completely different than what is written. So, often we see debates digressing from the problem statement and snowball in a different direction till, someone intervenes, re-states the problem statement and bring the focus of the debate back to the agenda at hand.
Memory has a role to play in the building of perception. One needs to pay attention to what one is feeding into the brain and committing to memory. Once committed it plays a powerful role in influencing what we perceive from a written word. Next time when anyone decides to react upon a written word, we must ensure we read and re-read what is written and not react based purely on our perception.
Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.