On the Fallacies of Objectivity
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
It often assumed that maintaining a more objective mindset allows for a far more accurate perception. This is not always the case. While the more objective forms of reasoning are usually more accurate for gaining empirical data, they are often not the best tools to be applied to the more empathic currents that deal with honest emotions. Such a statement would seem to be obvious to most; however, many often forget about the massive amounts of subjectivity that permeate almost every single aspect of human existence.
It should be remembered that the objective state is merely a small extension of the thought process that extends slightly beyond the universal domination of the subjective mindset. Although this extension still contains complete subjectivity, it also allows additional insight into certain situations by temporarily viewing something from a vantage point that is a little more distant from the core of one's subjective reasoning. Thus, the theoretical notion of "pure objectivity" should be considered as a whim that only exists in the imaginative realms of the speculative philosopher.
When this truth is correctly perceived, it becomes obvious that any type of objective thought might even be more subject to error because the individual believes that when one is being more objective, a more effective and efficient process is being used. However, the reverse is often true. When this type of reversal is true, the errors that are made are often far worse than when little or no objectivity is applied at all. Such is the deceptive nature of the subjective realms.
Thus, the prudent scientist and artist should not be deceived by the alleged advantages of objective thought. It should always be remembered that objectivity is merely an extension of the subjective state; it can always be corrupted by the subjective realms. Although purely quantitative states of perception can be considered to be entirely objective, they are instantly immersed in the vast ocean of subjectivity when they are applied to other elements of reality. Therefore, it is always prudent to remember that the overall essence of reality will always be subjective.
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons