Take a look at the picture. Closer. Make a note in your mind of what you observe in the picture.
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Human beings are born with an ability to feel everything around themselves with a set of five basic human senses which form the base of learning process. Observation is the immediate consequence of information we receive with the help of these senses.
In simple words, observation is a description of what we see, touch, taste, hear and smell. But it’s not as easy as simply said; it is an ability to rise to a place in mind without any emotion, investment or feeling. For example, a good observation of the photograph above might go like : “insect has a body divided majorly into three segments. Color of insect’s body is light green, black polka dots with a tinge of orange. Insect has 3 legs and 2 black antennas protruding from the head.”
Sometimes you try and observe a real life situation that has an effect on you, but you are not able to take back from that observation. That’s because while you are observing it, you are simultaneously passing a judgement on it and that’s where the problem is. While you are observing, there is no right and there is no wrong. Once the observation is done, the next step is to draw sensible correlations between your observations to come up with an inference. That’s how life goes. In order to take maximum out of life’s experiences, this distinction between observation and inferences has to be understood.
The sole reason why we are talking about something as universal and broad as observation is because it’s also an integral part of experiential travelling; wherein a traveler’s goal is to absorb maximum out of his natural and social surroundings. A good sense of observation could be a key to unlock a totally different and detailed experience, while endlessly changing horizons.
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“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.” – Haruki Murakami