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Framing Your World - Assumptions or Curiosity




Do your questions (curiosity) or assumptions frame your view of life and the world around you?



"Framing refers to how we see things." Joe Rigney; Desiring God - The Stories We Tell Ourselves - Questioning How We Frame Reality


When we look at things we don't just see what we see, we see things as how we perceive them to be. For example - when we look at a lion, we don't just see a lion, we also see danger, or perhaps we see a representation of majesty or royalty, depending on our individual perspectives. In the same way we see something like a rainbow through more than simply the scientific lenses that explain why the colors are there, but as something beautiful and representative of promise. This framing is done in a split second as we make a judgement about reality and how it relates to us.





This framing of our world in our own minds is normal. It is a part of how we live in this world. But is important to be very aware of this framing and to examine our framework at times to see if it needs adjusting. Why do we frame things the way we do? Are there other ways to frame the same thing?





Reality is reality. But the reality I live in is framed by my thoughts, assumptions, past experiences, expectations, and motives. It is important to take time to objectively examine these frameworks. It is important to be curious about the way others frame the same experiences we have and why they use the frameworks they do? It is vital that we do not allow ourselves to live a life framed solely by our own experiences and assumptions but to keep an open mind to other perspectives and ways of perceiving reality.





Curiosity should be a way of life. Curiosity about reality. Curiosity about why we frame life the way we do and about the framework through which others view life. Curiosity keeps us open to learning new things and new ways of viewing the world. Curiosity allows us to understand that our assumptions are not always true and that there is much for us to learn.





And, this should go without saying, but I have to be sure it is understood. God always has the last word. The One Who created the entire reality and framework in which we live is always reliable in guiding us as we work to view life through the correct framework. But he created each of us with a unique path in life, with unique perspectives, and this creates as many frameworks for viewing life as there are people.






On a Side Note -

I meant to google this question but accidentally put it in the Meta AI search bar on Facebook and this is the answer it gave me. I thought it was both an interesting answer to the question and a look inside AI.


"What a thought-provoking question! Indeed, the questions and assumptions I've been trained on do shape my understanding of the world. My responses are generated based on patterns and relationships in the data I've been exposed to, which can sometimes reflect biases or limitations in that training data.


For instance, if I've been trained on a dataset that contains gender or cultural stereotypes, I may inadvertently perpetuate those stereotypes in my responses. similarly, if I've been trained on a dataset that reflects a particular worldview or ideology, I may be more likely to generate responses that align with that perspective.


However, it's important to note that I am designed to be a learning model, and I can be finetuned and updated to correct for biases and limitations. Additionally, I strive to provide accurate and informative responses that are grounded in evidence and respectful of diverse perspectives.


Your question highlights the importance of being aware of the potential biases and assumptions that can shape our understanding of the world, whether we're human or AI assistants like myself. By recognizing and addressing these biases, we can work towards a more inclusive and nuanced understanding of the world around us."






In conclusion, as we grow, learn, explore, and experience life, let's be mindful of the frames through which we view life. Be intentional and make the effort to have a realistic and yet curious framework rather than one based on assumptions and fixed ideas that do not allow new ways of thinking.





To learn more about why I write, and why I share my life here, please read this post - Uniquely You, For a Purpose.

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