Filling in the blanks

I’ve never been to Antarctica but I have faith that it’s there.

I’ve also never traveled in space to see for myself if the Earth is round but I trust that it is.

This phenomenon of observing the parts and perceiving the whole is called closure. Closure is important to our survival since we can’t possibly perceive the whole world all at once.

But it can also get in our way.

Because we are so accustomed to creating shortcuts on how we perceive the world, we also filter the information to fit our worldview.

Making matters worse is once we have labeled something as good or bad, our imagination begins to only think about the good or bad in something or someone. 

The bottom line: For how much filtering we do on a second-by-second basis, we do a terrible job objectively filling in the blanks.