Seeing and Believing

In a recent blog post, Seth Godin writes, “They say that seeing is believing. But it might be more true that believing leads to seeing. It’s often easier to discover the truth if we believe it’s there in the first place.” Yet, we have often heard, “You have to see it to believe it.” We have also heard ourselves say sometimes, “I can’t believe my eyes.”

Godin’s insight opens our eyes to a new reality, one that belief gives us. With belief comes knowing. If we believe it, we will see it. If we don’t believe something, we may not see the knowledge, beauty or richness that it offers. Albert Einstein wrote, “Blind belief… is the greatest enemy of truth.”

Seeing is believing as our eyes see the evidence of a reality. Plautus wrote, “One eye-witness weighs more than ten hearsays. Seeing is believing the world over.” A mindful caution, however, is given by Martin Luther King, Jr., “Seeing is not always believing.” And believing leads to seeing, as we open our eyes beyond seen realities. As the Conductor in Polar Express said, “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.

Jeffrey R. White said, “For some people, seeing is believing. For others, believing is seeing.” May your eyes, heart and soul capture life’s beauty, truths and realities, always knowing that there may be something more in what we see or believe.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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