Lesson #2 - I have given everything I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) all the meaning it has for me.
Flip Wilson, the comedian, when he did his Geraldine routine, would have Geraldine say in a saucy way, all dressed up in sexy attire, "What you see, honey, is what you get."
I like to add two words "think" and "you." "What you think you see is what you get."
Some people are pessimists and some people are optimists. Some people like themselves and the world they are living in and some people don't like themselves and don't like the world they are living in. This exercise helps us understand that we give meaning to everything we see. Sometimes that meaning is shared with others and sometimes that meaning is egocentric.
This exercise is an extension of the concept that our reality is socially constructed. Even our language which we use to name things is a social construction. Without language we can't even think.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Truth and meaning is often sought for in the world of social constructions which may or may not be normative. UUs pride themselves on being heretics and searching for truth and meaning beyond the normative consensus. But whether the social construction is normative or nonnormative, it still, most likely, will be the product of social construction. These exercises are training our minds to question the path of the ego so we will be able to embark on the path of the soul.