How you see is what you see

James Low, 23 April 2020

It begins:

Mum sends you, age 7, to the market to buy oranges, only oranges, and “don’t buy anything else!” The women with the fruit and vegetable stalls want to sell you what they have,  “Look” they say, “what lovely bananas and the grapes, Oh, such lovely grapes – and these pears are so amazing.”

“Oh yes, they do look good. What will I get?” The more you look the more mum’s words become a mere echo as your original intention is dispersed in the myriad attractions of these diverse possibilities.

So we need more than just a word like ‘orange’ if we are to maintain our focus, and not get distracted, confused and then choose what is not needed.