There was a time when I believed that perspective is everything. Yet, if perspective is everything then whatever matters in life becomes merely a choice. Our choices differ and time changes everything anyway.
If perspective is everything then math fails. There is no truth. Perspective becomes anything you want. If there is truth, then perspective is not everything.
What is truth?
What is the correct way to view any particular topic or consideration or situation? What criteria do we use to determine the proper course of action in any situation?
How about the Great Commandment?
The Great Commandment is a term used to describe the first of two commandments cited by Jesus in Matthew 22:35–40, Mark 12:28–34 and Luke 10:27
Uh oh. Religion. If math controls what happens in the universe, and humans think that to be the case, then maybe there are basic, universal laws and commandments that can guide us. Will they support the perspective that perspective is not everything?
The great commandment and the other commandment that is spoken just under it in Matthew 22:39 and Mark 12:31 are in response to an unnamed Pharisee, who was described as a scribe, or lawyer. This scribe/lawyer was testing Jesus, trying to trick Jesus into saying something disreputable, or scandalous according to their religion
Trick Jesus? Sure. Why not? Give it a try, Mr. Pharisee.
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
If perspective is everything then it does not matter, right? Yet, to Jesus it mattered. Maybe it could matter to us, too.
How did Jesus respond?
You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.
Frankly, that doesn’t sound easy. Yet, math is not easy. It also seems that the commandment requires humility. The notion that perspective is everything does not.
What else, Jesus?
The second, like it, is this: You must love your neighbor as yourself.
Math again. Wait? Love is math?
If perspective is everything then math does not matter, love does not matter; because we get to choose whatever we want to do or think. How has that worked out for mankind so far?
Yet, if we apply Jesus’ two commandments to love God and to love others then love becomes the math we need to succeed in life. It starts with humility and ends with proper actions.
In the end, perspective is not everything. Love is everything.