challenging-old-puzzle-1 How discriminating is your eye?  The mark of good student is not in what they can do, but what they can see.  What one sees is a function of "how" they see things or their perspective.  To be a good student requires that one's perspective be open and willing to see things beyond what is being shown.  With the picture above, one can see just how discriminating their eye has become in both good and bad ways.

Take a good long look at the picture before answering the questions below.

  • How many tourists are staying at this camp?
  • When did they arrive: today or a few days ago?
  • How did they get here?
  • How far away is the closest town?
  • Where does the wind blow: from the north or from the south?
  • What time of day is it?
  • Where did Alex go?
  • Who was on duty yesterday? (Give their name)
  • What day is it today?

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How far did you get?  How many did you get right?  There is no right or wrong answer to this exercise.  It merely points out how one's perspective colors how they see things.  How we see enables us to see or not see things.

A martial artist is supposed to be able to "see" things that are not readily apparent to someone who isn't trained.  The element of surprise is one of the most critical elements in any confrontation.  If one can read the situation properly then they won't be surprised.  If they read the situation wrong, they might find themselves in a compromising situation.