Ego, belief and self awareness – can we ever see life from another's point of view? Is is pointless to try?

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If we truly BELIEVE something (whether it be scientific or spiritual) is it even possible to see another point of view? Should we even try?

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Ryan T

You have to place yourself in their shoes.
You have to be open minded.
If I have a personal experience I know what I went through.
But I have no idea what the next person has been through.
A person can say something might not be real.
But if you or they experience it you or they will not doubt it.
The old saying experience is the best teacher still applies.


You are following a “post-modern” philosophy. For more information on deconstruction of language read Jack Derrida.

Herbert Y

I look into many points of view and I tell you they’re all bullsh*t especially christianity. The best thing is to just be open to anything and accept the fact you can be wrong

Jesse W

If you truly BELIEVE something, then you have fixed yourself in a point of view. Is it possible to see another point of view? Yes, but you have to trick yourself into not BELIEVING what you used to believe. After you’ve done this enough you will be able to change your beliefs as easily as you change your clothing.
Should we even try? Well, that’s up to you. If you want to know how others feel about things, then yes.


yes ofcourse… what if that pov makes more sense? you’d be completely entitled to beleive in it “that” way

Deathgod status revoked

The natives have an interesting way of resolving issues between a man and a woman.
they have to sit facing each other. The man usually puts his legs over the woman’s. They hold hands, or elbows, and in this way, they have to talk through their problems.
There is a great deal to be said for communication.
This is true in our prayer life, in our relationships, in our community, and ultimately, in our world.
edit: actors and writers do this all the time…there may be mistakes due to assumptions, but I think that it is always worthwhile. Some people awe me with their ability to empathize.

The Hall Monitor

Yes, empathy is possible.
But, what does it mean to “truly” believe something? If I change my mind based on further study, did I not “truly” believe to begin with?

Ray G

You can see another POV without accepting it.


“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
“From the viewpoint of absolute truth, what we feel and experience in our ordinary daily life is all delusion. Of all the various delusions, the sense of discrimination between oneself and others is the worst form, as it creates nothing but unpleasantness for both sides. If we can realize and meditate on ultimate truth, it will cleanse our impurities of mind and thus eradicate the sense of discrimination. This will help to create true love for one another. The search for ultimate truth is, therefore, vitally important.”
Dalai Lama


I do not think we can really see through another’s eyes, yet I think it is pointless NOT to try.


It is possible up to a point, and I believe we should try. It makes us more tolerant and compassionate. It’s not necessary to agree with them to come to understand how they got to where they are. Maybe it’s easier for me because I came through so many different belief systems to get where I am today (atheist member of the Ethical Society), but it should be possible for anyone to study enough about other beliefs in order to understand the basics.


Have you ever imagined your self to be a comic book super hero or the villain, that may be one way to practice putting yourself in someone else’s place.

Damien L

Sociology uses other ways of looking at things all the time. It is never pointless to try to understand something better.

joe the man

we can try, we can rationalize and imagine what it can be like, but we can never see exactly from another person’s perspective because it is unique and based on oof of that person’s life experiences.

Purdey EP

I think it’s possible and I think we should try. I know I do.


Anybody who pulls their head out of their anus and stops listening to their own feces can see another’s point of view. No guarantees on agreement.


Of course it is always possible to see from another POV if we are open. Even though we think we know there is always room for growth. It seems learning Truth is a process & we are in it. Being open to others POV is one way this process can continue. If what I know is the complete Truth I have nothing to fear, it will stand the test of time. But it has not been my experience that I have the complete Truth, because many here & in my non cyber life have said many things that have added to what I have come to understand as Truth. Hear & read as much as possible beyond your own understanding, take the Truth & throw out the rest.
Many times in listening to others I have found they said the same as me just the language or words or different. Many here have given me insights & Ah-Ha’s beyond compare. If I had been closed I would not have received the gift.
Many Blessings!

Jon M dn ǝpıs sıɥʇ

We should do our best to see life from as many viewpoints as possible.
Of course you’re right: we can never 100% see things from another person’s perspective. We don’t even know the depth and breadth of our own perspectives, not fully.
But that’s why education and exposure to new ideas is so important: to stand in our own shoes and say “this is the full truth and I don’t need to explore any others” is to stop growing. To stop growing is to stagnate, and to stagnate is to start dying.


True belief is truth, not belief.
Science is not truth because it depends upon perception and all perception is seen through the past which doesn’t exist.
So, there is no other point of view, there is only truth. We are not our bodies, we are mind and all mind is connected.
What we call point of view is “walking in another’s mocassins.” When we ask for this gift, we get it, so we can be compassionate, but that compassion comes from truth, not perception.

finn mchuil

while we can never truly see things as others do we can develop an understanding of where they are coming from, which broadens our own understanding of the subject and may even prompt us to rethink what we believe. It is always worth trying of course.

Robert K

It’s not only possible, it’s not even that hard. I could probably prove it to you, but, most likely, it would not be that easy. If you feel like corresponding, I’m willing. Have a nice day!

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