It is often painful to watch the election debates and then listen to the commentary. So often what the commentators say the candidate said is not what the candidate said! If you recorded the debate, you can even go back and confirm this. Is it an intentional spin or is it sincerely what the listener heard?
Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas (knower, process of knowing, and known) permeates everything. The observer defines the observed. We do not perceive so much as we project, our judgements, fears, preconceived notions, etc. When those projections are on you, it is often terribly disturbing. I think we all experience that in our own lives. I sometimes wonder what is projected upon my daily interactions, articles, blogs, and lectures. What someone insists you said is often not what you said and certainly not what you meant. To have those misconceptions spread among your friends and associates is painful enough. The spin may be intentional lies, misunderstandings, or innocent projections. It is difficult to imagine how the day after day barrage of such spins that candidates experience on a national level must effect them and their families. Fame has its price, especially in politics.
To understand this process is good. But to live your life in accord with that understanding is great. The winds of misunderstanding can spin life in many directions. To know what is in another person’s heart is to see beyond the spin.
To live better, we must look deeper.