We see our home from the same angle and the same light every time we look at it the same way. But what would it look like at a different time of day? From across the street? From down the block?
From an airplane?
I saw my old home, Lake Merritt, from the sky as I was leaving it. This is kind of like what it looked like:
And there was our weekly walk to the grocery store.
Reinforced experiences form templates in our heads — language layers, through which we see the world. These templates trick us into thinking we’re affecting our environment when we’re only going with the flow — like a fish, swimming furiously, believing her speed is solely due to her efforts and not the speed of the current with which she flows.