Scenario: Two men are driving down Perception Boulevard and notice Chicklicious, standing beside a traffic pole, with a cotton cut-off tee in HD, which reads “boom-chick-a-boom-boom,” peach cobbler patent leather stilettos, 4-D apple bottom “triple bypass” shorts, and a 24 inch waistline, pierced by a navel charm ring that boldly proclaims “Today Is Your Lucky Day.” Man #1 slams right into the back of a parked pick up truck, from staring at the woman. Man #2 crashes into the back of Man #1, because he too spotted the eye candy. And naturally, all eyewitnesses of the event, when interviewed by law enforcement, report the same thing: Both men were struck by a temporary case of ocular paralysis, distracted and spaced out, they crashed.
In this particular scenario, conventional wisdom, what is widely perceived and/or accepted by the general public, is that a man will always attempt to make eye contact with an attractive woman (and vice versa), which would logically explain why all of the eyewitnesses perceived that lust and infatuation triggered the accident. However, perception and conventional wisdom should never be mistaken for absolute truth. An array of possibilities could have been the cause of the accident. For example, Man #2 could have been the father of Chicklicious, and was completely appalled, outraged, and shocked to see his 15 year-old daughter standing on the side of the road, leaning on a traffic pole.
Bottom Line: our perceptions, what we assume to be true or what is widely accepted by society, forces us to create a setting, add a stage, manipulate a sequence of events, supplement it with characters, and then insert the word truth, as a title for the tainted reality of perceptions, assumptions, and faulty premonitions that we indulge.
Remember: Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. ~ Marcus Aurelius