A Map is Not a Territory

Written by chicceo Published in

I heard this expression over the holiday weekend and it really hit home with me. What it means is that a representation of something isn't necessarily reality. A "map" is something we use to get from one place to another. It's a way for us to navigate through a city, county, country, etc. Using a map, we can get to where we are going using a ton of different routes. 
But a map is not reality - it's a representation of it. We don't really have little blue and red lines running through our world and our forests don't look like cartoon trees. We all create maps in our minds of how we navigate through a territory - how we get from one place to another. Whether it's an idea, a conclusion, a solution, etc. Everyone has their own map - their own representation of reality. 
Your map will be different than another person's map, it's just the way it is. You might end up at the same destination, but your perception of that journey might be mapped out completely different than another's.
What if we could trade maps? Perhaps that correlates to "walking a mile in another's shoes?" Trading maps sounds great, but forcing a map on another does not. 
We're all on our own journey...  what does your map look like?



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