Here vs There

Life is tied to our perceptions.  For example, the words here and there.  I’ve always had way too much fun torturing my kids and my students alike with asking, “When is my here your there and when is you there  my here?”   The difference in these two words is a perceived  spatial difference.

Another pair of words that have even had a poem written about the strange perceptible contrast between these.

The Naked And The Nude
For me, the naked and the nude 
(By lexicographers construed 
As synonyms that should express 
The same deficiency of dress 
Or shelter) stand as wide apart 
As love from lies, or truth from art.
Lovers without reproach will gaze 
On bodies naked and ablaze; 
The Hippocratic eye will see 
In nakedness, anatomy; 
And naked shines the Goddess when 
She mounts her lion among men.
The nude are bold, the nude are sly 
To hold each treasonable eye. 
While draping by a showman's trick 
Their dishabille in rhetoric, 
They grin a mock-religious grin 
Of scorn at those of naked skin.
The naked, therefore, who compete 
Against the nude may know defeat; 
Yet when they both together tread 
The briary pastures of the dead, 
By Gorgons with long whips pursued, 
How naked go the sometime nude!      - Robert Graves

Reality is a perception as well.  One of the purposes of education is to foster the shared perception of what is real and what is not.  There are actual studies taking place  trying to figure out if the color blue I see is the same as your blue.

A little over 50 years ago, spaceflight was not a reality.  In 1969, we were forced to redefine reality.  What goes up must come down was a reality for a long time but with the discovery of the atom we had to change again.  If reality needs revamping from time to time than just how solid is it?  Hamlet tries to get this point across to Horatio: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

We say we understand reality.  We say we know what is real, but the truth is these are shared lies we tell each other to stay sane, safe, and secure.  If we truly pondered the unknown as in cataloging all the things we don’t know or understand we would lose our sense of place and purpose.  Therefore, we are truly like the chained folks in Plato’s Cave who can only see the shadows of things on the walls and cannot turn to see the source of the light.

-and so it goes….


Published by: Kent A. Larson

Kent Larson was born in Phoenix, Arizona with a neurological condition known as Spina Bifida. He has partially paralyzed legs and uses a wheelchair to get around most places but uses a cane at home. He graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix and moved the next day to Sandy, Utah where he would begin attending BYU. Having started with a Theater Directing major, he switched after his LDS mission to English Secondary Teaching. This change was precipitated by interest in a better job for raising a family. He married and has enjoyed thirty years with Melanie McKay. They were blessed with two sets of twins. Andrew and Erin are now twenty-seven. The younger set of twins are boys, not identical, Sean and Steven are twenty-two. Kent has been teaching secondary for nearly three decades since graduating with a BA in 1989 and still enjoys it. After teaching for ten years, he went back and got a Masters in Educational Leadership. He had flirted with idea of going into administration for the better pay but realized he would miss his students too much. He has taught all grades from seventh to twelfth. He enjoys teaching seventh grade the most because they are earlier on in their educations where it is easier to instill good habits in them. His interests include writing, reading, theater, movies, and many other forms of entertainment. He is often heard joking that he is only a "visitor" in this reality.

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