(SUB/OB)JECTIVE


Now that we have an understanding of the Passenger Effect, we can look at (sub/ob)jective perceptions of reality and how this plays into it.

Whether there is a “right” reality or not has always been a topic of debate. What is establshed in philosophy though, is that there is an objective and subjective reality. Though most points of debate are around objective things, subjectivity is arguably closer to human reality than objectivity would ever be. 

Subjectivity is horrendously important when considering the human reality and thought process. There is never any way that you could understand the world like the next person (even if you’re a twin!). Could you come close? Yes. But you will never be able to understand their thoughts, the mind, what they see the world like. Therefore, it’s important to understand what objective and subjective thoughts are like and how they relate to this thesis and the Passenger Effect.
The comic below (that I couldn’t find the source for) illustrates this predicament best.



Objectively, the landscape in this background is an ocean view from a hill with some sort of landing floating(?) in it. Water, some concrete(?), and some foliage. That’s not very fun is it? Subjectively, this could be anything. For me, looked like a matchstick floating idly in the water, tensed against the current. For other people, who knows.

If the viewer had more objective tendencies, they would see some water and an installation. Very sterile.

If the viewer had more subjective tendencies, they might see a lot of things. The joy comes from trying to see their perspective on reality too.