1 The Four Quadrants of Human Knowledge ↑

1. Subjective

aka: interior, inner, interior of an individual

Each of us experiences a complex inner world of sensations, emotions, thoughts and feelings.

And while others may report having similar feelings – or very different ones – no one else can actually experience our inner world in the same way that we can.

These inner experiences can vary from the mundane – hunger, pain, fear – to the sublime – wonder, love, reverence.

The inner experiences that we have can be highly individual – you and I may have very different inner reactions to something happening in the world around us.

And the relationships between external stimuli and our inner feelings can sometimes be obvious, but at other times rather complex and even mysterious.

When considering the multiple perspectives we can take regarding a thing, some of these viewpoints may fairly be considered subjective.

This is not to imply that subjective views are invalid, or unworthy of consideration – far from it.

But it’s often useful to separate out subjective views from objective ones.


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