It’s how (not what) you see that matters

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Brian Kight

Neville Chamberlain did not see the threat. Winston Churchill did.

The course of history changed because of a difference in perspective. World War II began with how leaders saw what was happening long before any battle.

Churchill and Chamberlain responded differently because they saw Germany and Europe differently. It wasn't what they saw. It was how they saw. They watched the same events but saw different situations.

Chamberlain saw a situation solvable through negotiation and appeasement. Churchill saw a situation solvable only through power and, if necessary, war. Each man's perspective was likely a product of his personality. That does not change their responsibility.

They both cared for their country. They had access to the same information, advisors, and resources. But they did not see the same situation. How they saw determined how they responded. Chamberlain allowed the menace to grow and gain a foothold. Churchill saved Britain and led the world to victory.

We don't respond to situations as they are. We respond to situations as we see them. You respond the way you do because of how you see. If you saw it differently, you'd respond differently.

So, before you decide how to respond, consider how you are seeing and why you are seeing it that way. How you see determines how you respond.

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