Except of course the map below is not ‘upside-down’, just a different representation from the one most of us (I am guessing) are accustomed to seeing.
I have spent extra work time this weekend prepping for a seminar presentation, and have looked out a number of graphics in support of the words, wanting these to have some metaphorical relevance. You’ve probably seen a similar map to this one before, but it’s one of my favourite images because there’s so much to derive from one graphic.
Even things that one is factually aware of are seen in a new way, such as: I knew Russia was big but wow—Not to mention Canada, Greenland / Kalaallit Nunaat… Then there’s the matter of seeing the traditional political ‘power base’ nations now ‘on the bottom’ (as it were) of the world. Most of all, there’s the importance of seeing things from a different perspective.
Yes, that important skill of being able to look at things from a point of view other than our own. It supports the powers of empathy and compassion. It helps prevent us from taking a single perspective as ‘reality’ – whatever that is. Perspective taking—seeing things from a different point of view—can take practice as a skill, but it’s valuable politically (though I personally am struggling with that one right now!), in the workplace, and our home-lives as we co-exist with others.
For those who write fiction, it’s important to be able to ‘step into’ a character, feel what they feel, see their ‘reality’ and bring them to life.
So often, as the map suggests, we are seeing the same thing, but from different standpoints.
Image by Pyty, Royalty-free stock vector images ID: 1042293796 Shutterstock