Definitions: (1) possessing good judgment or common sense; containing reasonable intelligence; wise; (2) capable of being perceived by the senses; capable of exciting physical sensation; (3) having appreciation or understanding; cognizant; emotionally or intellectually conscious; aware
Quote: A match may start a fire, but once the fire is burning, putting out the match won’t stop it. The problem is no longer the match. It’s the fire. — Michael Crichton (1942-2008) The Terminal Man
In order for us to allow a new thought to penetrate our minds it must to make sense. In other words, it has to pass through our filter systems.
Everyone has six basic filters.
1. Learning – solidified by study and reaffirmation
a) Childhood instruction
b) Tradition, Custom
c) Group affiliation, e.g., school, church, patriotism, team, hero worship
3. Experience – different for everyone
4. Belief – primarily structured religious belief, but also takes other forms
6. Habit – A combination of all filters solidified by action.
There is a second set of filters. They are physical, mental, or emotional inhibitors.
2. Ignorance – a lack of information.
4. Chemical Balance – diet, drugs, pollution
6. Distance – The information may be available but too far away from you to be obtained.
7. Health – a permanent or temporary condition can inhibit assimilation.
There is a third set of personal filters. An individual may or may not have them.
1. Prejudice – racial, sexual, political, etc.
2. Close-mindedness – the choice not to know.
3. Prerequisites – Examples:
a) The woman who knew she could be healed but said to herself, “Jesus must touch me first.”
b) “I’ll be happy if or when … I get that job, I can buy the car, I have a child, the kids leave the house, I finish school, I’m out from under Mom and Dad, I lose 20 lbs., etc.
4. State of mind – Example: a person filled with anger will not listen.
5. Predetermined judgments – The idea has already been examined and decided upon. There is no reason to revisit it.
We all make decisions based upon our logic, tradition, prejudice, etc. We all take action based on our decisions. The actions we take reveal to others (and to ourselves) the subjective reality we hold to be true. We objectify our personal reality bubble by being open to reality other than our own. We expand our consciousness by making decisions and acting on them.
Suggestion: Note your reaction to the things you see or read. These reactions are an indication of your sensibilities to certain qualities. Screenwriters will generate an unrealistic situation to produce a dramatic tension representing a misunderstanding or a lack of communication. You recognize and identify a more appropriate way. You will find yourself saying, “If they’d only talk to each other.” or “If they had only been honest, then this would never have happened.”