ESSAY

Week 1

“A Point of View” by Jason Kyle


A Point of View

 

Have you ever seen the movie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi? There was a scene between Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker where Luke said Obi Wan lied about his father being dead. And Obi Wan replied that he’d told the truth “from a certain point of view.”

How many things in our lives do we view as true… from a certain point of view? Religion? Sure, I guess you could argue that all faiths are true from the point of view of their followers. Politics? Okay, no argument there. What about love and betrayal? Friendship? Wars? Or “the good of the many?”


It seems too easy for all of us to justify what could arguably be a warped “point of view” as the reason or cause for so much that is wrong in the world. And you can’t even call it “evil,” since that is also interpreted from “a certain point of view.”

I wish I knew of a solution to the problem that didn’t involve forcing one “truth” on everyone. I could say that you’d know the truth when you hear it. But even then, you’d be acting from a point of view.

 Maybe the answer is to accept your truth, but also try to see things from another person’s perspective. And then, maybe you can decide which one is the truth… from a certain point of view.