In which way do you perceive your surroundings?
The following question would be how do you interprete the information given to you about your surroundings? When you sit on a chair – your sense your presence in relation to this chair on several different levels. Feeling the pressure of your body on the chair, your thighs rest on the chair – you may or may not sense the ground through your feet depending on the length of your legs. Your body is in a different angle than when you stand in front or beside the chair – this also is information provided to you to tell you that your relation to the chair is changed when you shortly thereafter sit on the chair.
Your relation to the chair to any object can be broken down, be described through the various parts of your body and how they change in the relation. But why is this so difficult – the descriptive practice – the investigation of our bodily felt relation to objects?
Only through your bodily given sensual information can you understand your surroundings – only by investigating your perceived experience of your surroundings you find an approximated picture of your presence in the world. I wonder how one would be able to describe the obvious – everyday acts you are able to perform with your given body. How you interprete and understand the information given from your embodied experiences.
“I will never know how you see red and you will never know how I see it. But this separation of consciousness is recognized only after a failure of communication, and our first movement is to believe in an undivided being between us.”
― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Primacy of Perception: And Other Essays on Phenomenological Psychology, the Philosophy of Art, History and Politics
And still you would never know or be able to know what is the true experience