11 comments on “In my own image

  1. I over-analyze pretty much everything, and now I’m over-analyzing the possibility of your last two paragraphs. I think you’re on to something, as I can relate all too well… Could this be why some people get hooked on drugs?!

    • That’s an interesting thought. But I don’t know since I have no experience with drugs really. However, at times, I do understand why drugs work as an escape mechanism.
      I don’t think you’re overanalysing the last 2 paragraphs. But I would love to know what you took away from it.

  2. I can really relate to this. I’ve always wanted to like literature, but never felt I was smart enough to understand it. I finally “got” it though. Just read it and enjoy it. It works much better than analyzing every word.
    I just started East of Eden by John Steinbeck. When I read it in high school, I didn’t understand it. But I’m really enjoying it this time around.

    • Sometimes, its so much easier to just take things at face value as opposed to trying to figure out a deeper meaning of things. East of Eden is a lovely book. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. I so agree. What’s the use of all this analyzing. Litterature has no facts set in stone, it is all just opinions. However, that being said, I absolutely LOVE when people analyze my stuff and see what they get out of it (or in most cases, what they don’t). I like when people form their own opinions on things. I’m not a fan of lecturing what’s right and what’s not.

    • Me too. People need to figure out what works for them and what they get out of it. I feel art is very similar. Its neither good nor bad- just a matter of taste and perception. Personally I don’t understand it.

    • I think literature is a lot like art. Personally, I don’t get art- I look at it aesthetically and if its pretty that’s good enough for me. Similarly, as long as the book is good and well-written, I’m happy to read it. It doesn’t matter that it had some other intent. Or a hidden meaning.

  4. Oh guess what, fooled by randomness is my next in line book to read. Bought it in Strand book sale!

  5. You tricked me with this post. It started off on literature but quickly turned into a deep philosophical & religious thought. I found your comments in the last couple paragraphs particular thought provoking.
    I do over-analyze a lot a lot a lot. My co-worker says that I read more into things than what may have been intended. So i get hurt or angry on comments that others may have just stated because I think that there are other layers to their comments. (is jumping to conclusions a natural progression from reading too much & analyzing as well?)
    As for your last comment, I think we do project what we think of ourselves into and onto the world and that it colors our prospective. If we are already hurting, something innocently said may only be salt in the wound (like everyone is attacking us). Does that mean we are creating the world in our own image? I honestly don’t know. For some reason I think that there is a step between those two items. Our perceptions of experiences certainly affect our perception of reality & life but the idea of it then meaning it is us creating our world in our image seems like a bit of a jump. And is frankly a pretty troubling idea.

    • I tend to over-analyse too. Sometimes though I have found it a lot easier to just take things at face value. Unfortunately, I rarely do that. Its like this- a lot of how we perceive the world has to do with our perceptions of ourselves. So, if we think we are stupid, we expect the world to think we are stupid and find ways and means of reading that into a comment made or something said. Conversely, if we think we are intelligent, we expect the world to think so too. It is not just negative perceptions but also positive perceptions which colour our view of the world. I first came across this concept in the Mahabharata- an Indian epic. It has fascinated me ever since.

      And yes, it is a disturbing idea. However, as with every rule, there are exceptions to this. I don’t think it is one experience which colours our view so much (unless it was a very powerful experience) but more a collection of experiences which sometimes reinforce what we are feeling.

      Strangely enough, this post was meant to be about literature but it took a life of its own and it made sense to draw an analogy about hidden meanings and over-analysis.

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