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Tarun
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Objectivity is subjective... Life is a subjective experience and that cannot be escaped. Every experience I have comes through my own, personal, unsharable viewpoint.

There can be no peer reviews of my direct experience, no real corroboration. This has some major implications for my view on life.

The most immediate one is that I realize I must trust my own personal experience, because nobody else has this angle, and I only have this angle.

It means I will never see the world quite like anyone else, which means I will never live in quite the same world as anyone else — and therefore I mustn’t let outside observers be the authority on who I am or what life is really like for me.

Subjectivity is primary experience— it is real life, and objectivity is something each of us builds on top of it in our minds, privately, in order to explain it all.

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Gigglecide
Theres a philosophical idea similar to whats being explored here about how no one can ever be sure of anything because we are all limited in how we can know the world around us. Ultimately it makes itself irrelevant, just makes note of the ever possibility that everything we know could be wrong.
WhatsInaName
That would be solipsism.
TarunAuthor
We would never know if it was all wrong because outside of our senses we don't know anything. In my opinion we just have to let it be irrelevant and accept the possibility.
WhatsInaName
All we know is whatever there is evidence to prove.
TarunAuthor
WhatsInaName, what evidence is there to prove anything?
WhatsInaName
Tarun, If I post a comment, evidence shows that it is very likely someone will respond. Hence your reply. 😉
TarunAuthor
Maybe you just imagined I replied. You'll never know
WhatsInaName
Tarun, perspective is a funny thing.
TarunAuthor
WhatsInaName, haha good answer
DELETED USER
As tumstank was suggesting, your ideas correlate with Plato"s "allegory of the cave" where we see only the shadows of our own ideals. We tend to related to world of reality based on our sole experiences, like watching our own finger puppet shadows we contemplate, and formulate our understanding of ourselves and of the world. In this model, one is never challenged to see past their own ideals, and confront our own bias. While living this way can be seen as a good thing, sometimes we fail to relate to ideals that do not conform to our predefined conceptual hierarchy, and we devolve In to a mere play actor of our own ideals. I believe objectivity is the more important virtue in this regard, as it displaces ones own personal understanding and subplants it with relativity beyond what you directly perceive. Going back to Plato, his allegory stated the importance of objectivity and breaking the collective conditioning of our own idealistic conformity, it's a voluminous position to take on for any aspect of your life.
TarunAuthor
Thanks dare2know, but can we truly have an objective viewpoint on the world? I agree that it's important to have an open mind and expand our own personal understanding, but can we view the world objectively or does our mind filter everything and taint it in some way as to make the experience subjective.
DELETED USER
No, thank you for the card, its been a while since I found a good philosophical topic on here! Your question is spot on. Subjectivity is our filter to our experiences and our relativity to ideas, while objectivity merely seeks to expand the breath of the filter. In this regard we seek more than just to galvanize or reinforce our concepts as it relates to us, we actively challenge our idealistic constructs as a whole, and warrant our understanding as a correlation beyond what we directly imbibe to be a reality. Our subjectivity always colors or perspectives, while our objectivity lets us nuetrally decipher the colors.
Aura72
Saw a Douglas Adams quote similar to this or talking about living in our own world's populated by shadows of other worlds
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