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Our world is a very different place depending upon our point of view. Usually we think about these things from our individual personal problems perspective; but, the effect of viewpoint is difficult to describe to another person because of their unique mental and emotional state, and requires a lot of explanation, which creates confusion and conflict rather than resolution. There are so many points of view about human realities that little consensus can be obtained about anything.

If we look at something much more physical, it is possible to demonstrate things which are seen by most people but not observed by them. What we observe depends upon where we are when we look and what our attention is drawn toward. A change of location for viewing can totally change our opinion about something we thought we understood, and it can then be reviewed as a near opposite to our previous conception. For example, you probably think you know what the Earth looks like after all you have had a Mercator projection map on your school wall since the 1st grade. Read on and observe.

Mercator projection, map of Earth

The typical Mercator projection map of the Earth without Antarctica.

Mercator projection map of Earth

The equator centered Mercator map of Earth has less distortion but where is Finland?

I will show you some Google Earth views of the Earth from several different places, and depending on the location where you view it from it will look surprisingly different. This physical object which is easy to describe could be another person, which is more difficult to describe, so I will illustrate my point with this physical thing. It is recommended that you load Google Earth and Cut and Paste the coordinates within this post into the search box to see these locations and control the views yourself. Below are only a few of the screen grabs for illustration of the position of the viewer effect.

If you view Earth from directly over the North Pole it is about half land and half water with a large patch of deep ice over Greenland and only a thin meter of ice over the Arctic Ocean.

View of Earth from above the North Pole

View of Earth from an Earth radius distance above the North Pole

From over the South Pole the Earth appears quite different and is almost 90+% covered with water, with a very thick layer of water-ice covering the pole. The water is as deep at the South Pole as it is in the middle of the ocean. Thus, from this point of view we appear to inhabit a planet covered with deep water with some land at the edges.

Earth as seen from over the South Pole

Earth as seen from over the South Pole

If we position ourselves above Starbuck Island (-5.64,-155.88) at 11,000 kilometers the Earth appears wholly aquatic with only a few small islands.

Earth as seen from above Starbuck's Island

Earth as seen from above Starbuck Island

But the antipodes of that location lies in the heart of the Central African jungle at 5.64, 24.12 where we have a very large land mass surrounded by a lot of water.

Earth as seen from over Central Africa.

Earth as seen from over Central Africa.

The Earth seems to be opposite in character when seen from these different views. Try not to think about blind men feeling up an elephant.

The land/water effect is even stronger when viewing from -36, -143, eye altitude 4000 miles.
minus 30 degrees, minus 143 degrees

View of Water-Earth from 4000 miles above -30°, -143°

By maximizing Land-Earth viewed by eye 30, 37 looks good and it gives a antipodes Water-Earth at -30, -143 which is also good. The only large land mass visible from that position and not covered by water are the islands of New Zealand over at the lower left which is only 1/10th of 1% of the visible water.

Coordinates 30, 37
View of Land-Earth seen from the antipodes 4000 miles above 30, 37

Great views of Water-Earth can be seen along a line from -30, -143 to -36.4, -144.6 and from there good views all the way to the South Pole. The maximum Land-Earth views are along a line from 30, 37 to 20, 46; that’s all along the east shore of the Red Sea. If the view is moved a little east to 22, 52 the total land viewed appears maximized. This is all a bit arbitrary because when one thing in moves into view others move out but anywhere on the Arabian Peninsula is good for a land maximizing view.

The best antipodes combination of Land-Earth and Water-Earth for maximizing the contrast between them is at 21, 50 — -21, -130. To get the most land from a single view go to 45 77. It’s good for land but its antipodes -45 -103 shows all of South America and ruins the contrast between water and land.

View of earth from above -25.32_-143.28

The best view for maximizing Water-Earth is from above -25.32 -143.28

This post is an illustration of how something you are familiar with, even something as basic as your view of the Earth, depends tremendously upon your point of view. You may have noticed that the Mercator map we started with is a bit different than this Water-Earth view.

Obviously people are more difficult to compare and contrast to show their opposite natures, but with this Land-Earth compared to Water-Earth illustration and the Mercator one, we can more easily see how important it is to view our relationships with our point of view in mind while making any comparisons or decisions.

Point of view controls our perception

Our perception controls our behavior