Bloomberg news reports that the Gulf of Maine will need $3 billion to be cleaned-up. Who knew? I did not even know it was in need of restoration. I'm not the only one because the misperception that the Gulf of Maine is pristine is noted in the story. Which is interesting. Where did this positive misperception, that apparently more than a few people have, come from? Will this misperception impact the efforts to raise the money and complete the projects necessary to restore the Gulf?
This small tidbit of reality is a welcome reminder that it's wise to always be careful about what we think we know. Perceptions inform our actions. Perceptions influence what people hear. Until today, I might have written off the Gulf of Maine as pristine, and so on. Something to mull over.
And if that's not enough, here's something more to chew on:
Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.
-- Gary Zukav
Read the full Bloomberg story here.