We tend to assume that we all live in the same world, all see the same things and all experience them in much the same way. It’s a very helpful assumption. For one thing, conversation would become extremely tricky if we couldn’t assume that the people we are speaking to will understand the things we talk about in the same way that we do.
Of course, the fact is that conversations do become very tricky precisely because people often have such very different ideas about the same things. Sometimes it isn’t all that obvious. Sometimes it is bafflingly obvious. You know the kind of thing...
She says, “Just look at that!”
He says, “What?”
She answers, “That hill! The light through the long grass! The tranquility!”
He replies, “I see a couple of sheep in a ruddy field. Aren’t you hungry yet?”
Now, depending on your point of view that conversation is either taking place between someone with the soul of an artist and someone with no soul at all or else between someone with a very annoying tendency to bang on about the romantic scenery when it is already past time for dinner and someone a good deal more practical. The truth is that neither of them is actually ‘right’. They simply live in completely different worlds. What is apparent to one simply does not exist for the other.