Rarasaur’s prompt for the prompltess this week is Qualia.
Qualia (single form, quale) is a term that refers to the individual, conscious, subjective elements of experiences. Examples of qualia are the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky. In other words, qualia refers to “the way things seem to us”.
More on Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualia
I have to admit I hadn’t heard of it before.
When I read the definition and the ideas for using it I was struck straight away by a memory.
When my son was only a few months old I remember a moment when I was holding him in front of the kitchen window, expecting him to look through it to the garden. Instead he was looking downwards.
I followed his gaze to the stainless steel sink. What was so interesting? The sunlight was being reflected and broken up into a few different shades. Without his viewpoint I’d have missed that completely. He couldn’t tell me what had caught his interest – he was not yet one year old. (We moved away from there before his first birthday.)
This led me on to a realisation that I could possibly write here about an experience I have had more than once of knowing how another person was reacting before they spoke. Sometimes when someone has come to see me, perhaps for the first time, I can be aware of what they are noticing and how my home appears to them.
I can’t see my readers’ reactions to my blog posts unless they take the time and trouble to leave me a comment.
Do you often see something as if through another person’s eyes?