Error Due To Parallax
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When I was in secondary school, they would always ask us in our science lab where errors in measurement could come from…
And whether it was Physics, Biology or Chemistry, the one consistent answer that always made it to the top of list was “error due to parallax.” Not parallax as in the evil Green Lantern ancient villainous entity embodying the yellow light of fear!
But error due to parallax that occurs when a user/experimenter takes a reading or measurement from the wrong angle and because he takes it from the wrong angle what he sees is not what he should get. Basically there is an error in his measurement simply from the way he has looked at it (reference Garfield below).
Everything in the experiment could be right … the measurement, the methodology, the process but that all can be thrown off simply due to parallax. And without getting too technical, the further away your eyes are from the measurement tool (i.e ruler) the larger the error while the closer you are to it … the smaller the error.
And life is similar, we walk around with errors in judgement, in measuring people, in gauging people. And most of the time it because we are doing it from a distance!
We don’t get to know who people are before we measure their self-worth … we just see snippets of their lives, hear rumors about them and all of a sudden we are measuring the worth of their character without acknowledging the parallax error in our eyes.
What we need to do is to try to get close to people, to know them for who they are, to not judge them by what we hear about them but rather from what we personally experience with them. Because if we don’t we become like that villainous Green Lantern villain “Parallax” who possesses people to become fearful and hateful towards other.
Please don’t be a Parallax error!
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