Power of Perception

Whatever a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

Our perception of the world, our viewpoints, all shape who we are. This is a reason why propaganda and media are such powerful opinion swerving tools. This is also why we need to check our outlook, guarding and observing what would soon form our futures.

Recalling the 2010 Philippine elections, one presidential candidate, Eddie Villanueva, promised to install again a sense of greatness among Filipinos. In a way he is right, there seems to be a sense of despair, a loss of identity and potential somewhere along the way.

Looking at people with an amazing sense of self-worth, one would well consider Paris Hilton. A media darling, she attracts awe and draws people to her personality.

Highly insecure people need to put people down to make themselves feel good. The insecure ones have an attitude,”i don’t know how to raise my worth, so i better put down those around me”.

Another example of a high self worth are Jewish people. Jews have gained power and fame, by their perception of themselves perhaps. They are renowned as a people God chose for himself. They are set apart because they know they are a special people.

A past president of the US, Ronald Reagan, was known to bring out the esteem of Americans in his time. These can be seen in two of his quotes:

America is too great for small dreams.

Putting people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It’s the way we’ve kept the spirit of our revolutions alive; a spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good.

No wonder the nation is great, in part because a great leader reminds people of their identity, their greatness. May we search ourselves well, and ask God to reveal blemishes we are to remove. May we have great views of ourselves that we and those around us may be well.


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