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Folks who sometimes read MillersTime may know that I’m on a lengthy journey to understand how we know what we know and particularly how come good folks can differ so much on issues of politics and religion (See earlier posts here and here.)

Whether these differences come from nature or nurture, from a genetic source (some folks believe this), the ‘environment’ in which we live, the influences of class, wealth, education, etc., or are related to our life experiences, the one constant seems to be is that we all have our particular lenses through which we see the world.

But that doesn’t answer the basic question. It just peels back the onion a layer. We still have to understand our lenses and from whence they come.

In a recent article Benjamin Hale, a philosophy professor, writes about two doctrines of fairness, a universal view and a first person view: ‘The Veil of Ignorance’ and ‘The Veil of Opulence.’  For me, this article adds to my understanding of the lenses through which we look at the world.

Take a look.