To a common eye, it's natural for us to manipulate situations into what we want them to be, sometimes completely disregarding the factual evidence presented, therefore, “We see and understand things not as they are but as we are.” We have a fault in our brains that makes us perceive things in a comprehension that our brains can dissect, this being instigated by our life, morals, and principles. Regardless of what the situation might be, we have the tendency of perceiving the situation at hand to a perception that pleases our pallet of knowledge.
Hence, perception is endless and inevitable, just as William Blake once said, “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite.” Given this statement to the given claim, perception can be influenced by various ways of knowing such as reason, emotions, and even language.
The way we see situations is heavily determined by our voluntary and involuntary emotions. When we have an emotional attachment when approached with a circumstance, we rely on our emotions to dictate our advice and decision. This is evident in the Charles Whitman case of 1961. Whitman was raised in an abusive environment, his father constantly beating him and his mother brutally. Hence, when he saw any form of abuse from people that were not his biological family, he thought it was permissible, although he hated his father. It was his perception and emotions of the abusive situation that led him to believe that hitting people was natural.
Perception can also be influenced by the concept of reason. However, our innate reason can be altered from the flip of a hat, such as in the case of Andrea Yates, the woman who drowned her five kids in 2001. Her sense of reason was extraordinary during the years in which she did not listen and abide by the practices of the preacher, namely Michael Woroniecki. Yet, when she was introduced to Woroniecki, he repetitively told her that she was a bad mother and that she would go to Hell since she could not repent her apparent sins. Her sense of reason drastically diminished into nothing what she had previously believed, but it had altered to what Michael believes in, things that were absolutely preposterous. Her concept was reason was essentially identical to that of Woroniecki’s, and from his teachings and his ruthless disintegration of Andrea’s reasoning, she committed the unthinkable – she drowned all five of her children in the bathtub. Since she was not able to repent her sins (she had been trying for nine years), her perception of reason was mimicked by that of Woroniecki, who said that “Not repenting your sins, the sins will be passed down to your kids, in which they will be the Devil’s spawn… They must die.”
Moreover, language also has a role in influencing our perception. When one speaks or even writes in a language that is completely foreign to us, one tends to belittle the language itself and think of it as a minimalistic and utterly useless. On the other hand, when one speaks to one in a language that is familiar to that person, he or she immediately responds for the language is not an enigma to them.
Yet, what defines what something is? What defines perception? Is it just merely how we perceive something, or does it go beyond that and relate to our everyday thinking? How do we know what perception truly is? How do we know that perception is related to the different “ways of knowing”? The answers to these questions are just like everything else in life, we don't know the precise answer because it differs from one person to the next. We are all unique not only in our appearances, but also in our thinking capabilities and mentalities.
Hence, it is obvious that we see things so that it pleases our pallet of knowledge. We are able to manipulate and assess ourselves to a situation to the point where it pleases our intellectual, emotional mind. Our perception extends only to our personal amount of knowledge and comprehension. Therefore, we do see and understand things not as they are but as we are.

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