You’d not think that this was a huge thing, would you? Maybe not to begin with, but it really is. Everything that functions in our society, our little human universe is based on how the masses perceive it. Nature, religion, the human animal, politics…it’s what gives us the ability to form opinions. Our perception, and thus, our opinions, are based on previous experience, our perception of those and how we processed and stored them in our brains. Think about it.
Once upon a time, people believed that spirits and demons and even gods were active in the world. Why? Because of what they perceived to be evidence of their existence. Things that their limited knowledge and experience could not explain for them. We believe in the absence of these same entities because we cannot perceive those same pointers as evidence of the supernatural. Am I making sense? I think that perhaps I am trying to explain something that I have not totally finished exploring with my own brain. I am working on my medieval studies homework again, and I keep looking at how these people thought, not only of their social order, but of their very world and how they were supposed to conduct themselves in it, in order to make it into the next one. Our perception of that world is that it’s really backwards, but who’s to say that what we do and how we live now is going to be any less archaic or backwards in another couple hundred years?