By Col Masood Anwar (34 Long Course)
Perception is the interpretation of what is sensed. Lack of experience may cause a person to misinterpret. In other words, perception represents our apprehension of present situation in terms of our past experience, or, as stated by the philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): “We see things not as they are but as we are” Thus, a person needs to interpret sensory phenomenon, and this can only be done on the basis of past experience of the same, similar or related phenomena. This implies that perception is a skill that can be improved tremendously through judicious practice and experience.
We could relate it to politics, if you like. Politics is inception of what is intended. Lack of or in excess, experience may cause a person to misbehave while interpreting a situation. Unlike perception, in politics, there happens to be no serious apprehension of present situation in terms of past experience. We happen to see things as we want things to be seen regardless who we are. Interpreting sensory phenomenon on the basis of past experience of the same, or similar or related phenomena is different and individual. Each time a new phenomenon based on interpretation of wants and desires is created. Therefore, in countries like Pakistan, we see unparalelled politics run by senseless individuals whose sole job is to rob people of common sense.