Since those younger days, I have also discovered a whole new level of insight regarding corrective lenses. It is this. Life's quality very much revolves around the “corrective life-lenses” we employ to view its circumstances.
Obviously, life is what it is. And, like it or not, its issues are often distorted and hard to make out. And, so we employ psychological corrective-lenses to help us clarify those challenges. And, sometimes they work well, and sometimes - ah, not so much. It all depends on the correctness of the prescription of those lenses.
For example, some choose the prescription of poor little mistreated me through which to filter life's images. It is a bad prescription which typically engenders a very flawed picture that usually results in the off-balance life approach of demanding hatefulness.
But there is another life-lens which truly improves one's vision and results in a much more balanced life-approach. It is the lens defined by Patience. This is the life-lens which, instead of outlandishly magnifying societal tensions, enable us to see through them to discover and experience truly durable solutions - together.
The simple truth is this. What you see in life is, indeed, precisely what you get.