Mac Kelly

Observation or Recognition

A flock of birds in the sky, a school of fish in the water, people in/at the game, or conversation online. It all looks and feels the same in ways. You may not have noticed, but both observation and recognition took place in these first two sentences.

Some might think they are the same thing. They are not. The differences are subtle yet profound.

We are constantly observing, sensing things, consciously or subconsciously. I understand recognition as the awareness of observation. The acknowledgment of observation. How nuances become known.

It can occur in many ways. Recognition of something you've seen before, but in a new setting. Or recognition of something completely new. Regardless, an observation has had to occur for it to be.

Now, if you've read this far you might be wondering what the hell is this guy getting at?

I say all of this because I want to change my way of recognition. Usually I take a mental note (cognitive) or write in my notes app. The result? It's either forgotten entirely, or buried in the continuous scroll of notes on my phone. What good are recognitions if they are only known to the observer?

#thoughts #writing

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