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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Transcending "Perception Bias"

In your planning, are you near-sighted or far-sighted? Telescopic or microscopic?  When have you failed to see what lay ahead because you kept looking down? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 975).

The human dilemma often revolves around issues of perspective – do we take a wide view or a narrow view; do we take a long view or a short view?  The profound and momentous implications of "perception bias" drives any realistic nation to its knees in prayer with a sometimes desperate placing of ultimate trust in God.  The recent news from Baltimore provides our latest example of this dilemma. Urgency tends to draw down focus and make it narrow and short. However, issues often have structural and systemic implications that require wide views and long perspectives. Thus at the present juncture conscientious Americans are driven to prayer for divine guidance in calibrating perspectives such that we can identify the wisest and most charitable direction forward.

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