Perception refers to one’s view of certain ideas of the world. In the philosophical context, perception is one’s cognitive contract with the environment around him. For instance, it is how we view women and men in terms of their responsibilities. It is how we respond to certain activities that we usually come across on different occasions. One example of a kind of perception is on socioeconomic stereotyping. Viewing people in different ways based on their presumed or imagined source of income is perception itself. Imagining that my best friend in class is richer than me because he is white and not black is perception. It means imaginations that things are the way we imagine they are because of some visible characteristics that we can relate individuals, situations or things with. Perception involves an individual taking in information from the environment and using the information to interact with other people.
Sometimes we perceive people differently based on our own imaginations and assumptions. Perception gives room for guesses implying that what we perceive other people or things to be are not always true. One may think that someone is smart in class because he/she asks many questions and answer many questions as well. That is perception since it involves an assumption that someone is bright based on the fact that he/she asks questions. Our minds are guided by the senses which, in this case, involve seeing the individual being active in class. The mind relates activeness in class to academic prowess which is not always the case.
In conclusion, perception is a way of how we interpret things based on our initial knowledge. It is one’s ability to become aware of certain things through the normal senses.