Saturday, January 12, 2008

You, Me and Reality


Mt. Timpanogos is a distinguishing land formation in Utah. From the West side in Nephi, it does not require a great deal of imagination to envision the shape of mountain skyline as a woman lying down.

The legend goes that an Indian maiden, Utana, committed suicide by throwing herself off the mountain in Romeo-and-Juliet fashion, after her true love, Red Eagle, died from injuries in a bear attack.

Interestingly enough if you look at the mountain from the East side in Heber you do not see the detailed image of a woman upon the mountain top but rather a more standard looking land form without any of these distinctive markings.

I mention this as a metaphor. In life we experience the same reality but where we stand will determine how we perceive that reality. It is a subjective experience for each of us and though it may be perceived in various manners that does not negate the validity of our perception or the perception of another.

In short essence it is all contingent upon where you are standing!

On the B Side: I am grateful for little analogies such as this that help me come to a higher level of understanding. xoxo

2 shout outs:

Shellie said...

Okay I'm a huge tard. I just tried to call you and I totally talked to "you" for like ever until "you" finally cut in and said "Um I think you have the wrong number"

I guess it wasn't you :)

Call me!

Rory said...

Another fun fact. My girlfriend is named by the Ute indians, well her grandmother was, and she was named after her grandmother. Who was born while traveling to Utah ant the Utes stopped to help with the birthing process and said they would help only if they could name the child. Thats how she got her name "Utahna", but I just call her Tahnie as that is what she prefers =)