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Get some perspective

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 15, 2008 at 08:43

In Reply to: Get some perspective posted by Adam on May 15, 2008 at 07:44:

: "Get some perspective"
: What does it mean, imply, suggest, when used in the following situations?

: eg1: Okay, let's get some perspective people; it's not like I'm wearing a seeing-eye dog coat!

: eg2: Geez, get some perspective, will ya? Why are you so hung up about something that's really not a big deal?

: eg3: All right, let's get some perspective here, ok? These things, they happen for a reason

The metaphor here is that people are looking at a situation "from too close up" or "from a wrong angle" to judge correctly, and so it seems very big and important; they need to take a few steps back and look at it "in perspective", they will see the whole thing "in its true proportions" and find that it's not as big and important as it seems. (VSD)