The Map is not the Territory

We observe the world around us through our five senses. We then build a model which represents what we perceive. Our senses are limited. So we make generalizations and deletions based on our beliefs, attitudes and experiences. This means that the internal model of the world we build is often different from reality.

Therefore the map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That’s because they are reductions of what they represent. This is important to keep in mind as we think through problems and make better decisions.

So a problem is a map and not reality. The same problem observed by another independent party may actually turn out to be an opportunity. We need to exercise thorough judgement before we reach wrong conclusions.

The maps in life come in many forms. It could be an “angry” email. It could be a “mean” Whatsapp message. The map could be a news report. It could be a financial report. The map could be a medical report.

Always remember that a map is just a representation of part of the territory. It is not the full picture.

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