Black and White

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 21, 1999

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.

She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered.

I couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.”

It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side it was black.

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  1. stillsearching said:

    Fantastic lesson!!


  2. Perspective is always after the quarterback has made the play. Sometimes we go with our gut but remember the other person has the right to think differently than you. In my case I always allowed a different perspective even though I knew in my heart they were wrong. How did I know, well I am right one hundred percent of the time and there is no margin for error.


  3. and guess what – if she’d spun it fast enough it would have been grey 🙂


  4. Another keeper for my counseling files, especially marital counseling. Perspective is everything.


  5. Amen Kenny !! A lesson we could ALL benefit from !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  6. theebloominidiot said:

    Caring communication and considering the other’s perspective, are key ingredients in the glue that bonds a solid relationship.


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