Take a look at the photo to the right. What do you see?
It’s a tiger, right? To be more specific, it’s a tiger in a the jungle. Not so fast. Perhaps, it’s a jungle with a tiger.
Over the past few years, a handful of studies have been conducted using photos similar to the one displayed. What is fascinating is that most Westerners describe the photo as “a tiger in a jungle” — with the emphasis on the tiger. Most Asians, however, describe it as “a jungle with a tiger in it” — with the emphasis on the jungle.
There is no right or wrong answer but the distinction is important. From an unlearning perspective, I believe it is critical that we always strive to see things from as many different perspectives as possible.