“What would you see? The choice is given you. But learn and do not let your mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which you feel within. If hatred finds a place within your heart, you will perceive a fearful world, held cruelly in death’s sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel the Love of God within you, you will look out on a world of mercy and of love.”
This is certainly true, and is shown to me each time I listen to the news. If I react with fear to what I hear, I immediately think something like: Isn’t that awful? The world is definitely changing for the worse. If I react lovingly, I think: Isn’t that wonderful? The world “seems” to be a gentler place.
I heard a striking example of this law of seeing yesterday. I was listening to a lecture in which the speaker was describing the works of two different authors, both of whom write in the same genre. Without judging either writer, he said that you can tell their views of the world by how their characters behave in similar situations. One author’s characters, he said, act with cruelty, while those of the other act mercifully. Even in fiction, therefore, the law of seeing applies.