Q. Are any of our views truly our own or do we simply inherit them from the environments and societies we live in?

A. Our views are neither truly our own nor simply inherited, but rather a combination of them. No one can be free from the influence of the environments and societies we live our lives in. We produce our views depending on where we live, how we were brought up, how we were educated and what we believe in, together with the information we are given and the context of our viewing.

We see things from these views and create new views. This is why each of us can have different perspectives about the same thing, or the same problem. These views can change through time and circumstance. These views are referred to as illusions in Buddhism.  The capacity to see and hear things without being influenced by these illusions is referred to as enlightenment.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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