Shackles of Our Subjectivity (Dr. Manzoor-ul-Haque)

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are Objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are  -or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms. When other people disagree with us, we immediately think something is wrong with them. But, as the experiments show, sincere, clearheaded people see things differently, each looking through the unique lens of his/her own experience.

This does not mean that there are no facts. But each person’s interpretation of the facts represents prior experiences, and the facts have no meaning whatsoever apart from the interpretation.

Then how to rid of this predicament? The more aware we are of our basic paradigms, a priori, or assumptions the Quran provides, and the extent to which we have been influenced by our experiences, the more we can take responsibility for those paradigms to be operated upon, the more we can examine them, test them against reality, and the more we can listen to others and be open to their perceptions. It will be then that we’ll get a larger picture and a far more objective view.

Did we ever think on these lines? Do we set the basic assumptions of the Quran as the parameters of our behaviour?  Do we realize “where we stand depends on where we sit”?

Now apply the above descriptions (given in the first two paragraphs) on the worthy translations of the Quran. And judge but never give vent to me for the results.

Dear Internet tyros, you follow my point!

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