Bias in a World of Polarity and Duality

Within my First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble, I perceive reality as duality.  In a system or universe of polarity, there’s bound to be duality. My need to separate out and choose what’s best for me, biases my perception  towards a polarity. I move from a neutral perception, where everything has equal status for my use, into a polarized view of what’s right and what isn’t. What I feel is right and believe has value to me, I consider useful.

What I convince myself is the best choice, biases my experience. This biased polarity becomes the base of my story and intention.

How polarity biases my choice and my experience

From my perspective, I compare everything based on my relationship to it. Due to this centrist bias, I feel I must understand how that relationship functions and then control it in my favor. My judgements derive from this polarity in perspective – my sense of self (the bias-favored “I”) vs not self (them). I vs them then becomes the poles of my duality reality.

How I keep my “earth” at the center of the universe!

Everything in a system has a value that defines its role in the system. Polarity grows out of this value judgement by dividing value from value – like positive vs negative, male vs female, and etc. Thus, my polarities are defined in terms of my VALUES for ME and THEM. The competition between I vs them is actually a competition between apparently objective, yet actually subjective “measurements” of values. Since I bias the comparison in my own favor, I never get to see you in terms of your intrinsic value – only in terms of my own prejudiced value. I affect reality by defining poles in terms of self-centric weighted values!

How much of this and that falls within my paradigm defines the poles of my dualistic universe. The polarities I perceive in duality that I think I understand may be much broader than my conscious awareness of it. Because I hold fast to my belief of ME as the center of the universe, and resist considering alternatives, I may be limiting what I CAN experience. I’ve set the values for polarity within the bounds of safety, propriety, and rightness.

What if there is more beyond my polarized boundaries? Like connection?

  • What other perspectives might I explore?
  • How might a change in my perspective change our experience?
  • Why do I limit myself to just one perspective?
  • Who are we beyond my polarity?

Why Speed-Reading of People Is a Biased Assumption

Living in defense demands that I quickly form survival impressions and act on them accordingly – speed being an essential element.

Because I believe threats to my safety exist at all levels of my being, can I afford not to speed-read my environment?

The need for speed may be an ancient survival aspect of instinct in which fast action was vital to life. I still find this aspect useful in the fast-paced modern world I live in today. My ego uses bias – a heuristic, a shortcut in which I rely on the meme, “good enough, fast enough.”

I infuse my biased assumptions with essentialism. I categorize people and things according  to my perception of their essential nature, in spite of variations.

My biased programs apply physical signs of threat to non-physical levels. For example, I might see all persons larger than me as threatening.

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4 Aspects of My Value-Defined Defensive Process

In my defensive process, I breathe life into everything I give attention to by assigning values to those things based on bias. My bias sets the baseline value of whatever fear and trust I place on things.

When it comes to value judgements…

Bias = assigned value

In order to identify present threats and benefits, I refer to past biases that give validation to those in my present experience to increase the value to any biases I defend.

4 Aspects of My Value-Defined Defensive Process

There are four aspects to my value-defined defensive process –

  1. What is “it”? I assign a name symbolizing what I observe with my senses. Ex – I see a cat. My cat symbol represents most forms resembling cat. The name for “it” = cat and includes some identifying sub-symbols, such as size, speed, agility, fur, color, patterns, sharp teeth and sharp claws, sounds, diet preference for meat and etc. Objective observation of form.
  2. How is “it”? I assign a nature symbolizing how “it” behaves. Ex – a cat’s nature is to chase, kill, and eat other animals, etc. Objective observation of behavior.
  3. Why is “it”? Through imagination and emotion, I assign a causality, a relationship that identifies threats in my observations. Ex – a cat killed and ate another animal, therefore, it COULD do the same to me. Subjective interpretation.
  4. Who is “it”? I assign an identity – a label that identifies who I am compared to “it” – a perceived causal relationship between observed behavior and personal identity. Ex – I am afraid because a dangerous cat entered the room. Who combines the previous aspects and characteristics, turning objective observation into active subjective projection through labeling, reacting and blame! Externalization!

To protect my precious values, I circle the wagons, so to speak, by assigning “Who” to “What” through blame and projection. By automating the process, I strengthen my biases. Over time, I become the four-aspect, value-defined defense process – “It’s just who I am…”

This circular defense distracts my attention away from who I really am, keeping me in a chronic state of fear that I experience as suffering.

The solution to this stuck state of thinking is to simply change the answer to the last question. Who is “it”? When I get honest with myself, I must answer in first person – “it” is I.

My Imagination IS My Reality

My imagination creates my reality in order for me to exist in multiple interconnecting worlds – dimensions within dimensions – ad infinitum.

This universe, of which I perceive only a tiny fraction, acts as a playground for my imagination. For example, although frequencies of electromagnetism extend from sub-audible to ultraviolet and beyond, I can imagine I’m sensing what is important to me.  The vast majority of the light spectrum I don’t perceive at all. And that is just the electromagnetic spectrum within THIS dimension. Yet, my imagination makes it all work for me.

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Reality as Successful Projection of Bias

My biases reflect core beliefs as truths that I can’t challenge without meeting significant ego defense in the form of shoulds and shouldn’ts, musts and mustn’ts – needs.

When I sense my beliefs being threatened, I conjure up justifications as a means of keeping or returning my projections of bias as “true” reality.

My perception of current reality, then, becomes a projection of these biases, an artifact of my past that exerts a powerful influence on the very memories from which that projection emerges. Yes! More circular thinking!!

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