I was reading the novel A Song of Ice and Fire and this phrase came up twice and I don't get what it means at all.

“Winterfell’s not in the south,” Jon objected. “Yes it is. Everything below the Wall’s south to us.” He had never thought of it that way. “I suppose it’s all in where you’re standing.” “Aye,” Ygritte agreed. “It always is.”

“Well, long before he was king over the free folk, Bael was a great raider.” Stonesnake gave a snort. “A murderer, robber, and raper, is what you mean.” “That’s all in where you’re standing too,” Ygritte said


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Think of this: You stand in or at a location. If you're standing at the bottom of a ravine or at the top of a hill, you will see things differently.

Your point of viewing of what surrounds you will change.

It is also used as a metaphor. You are not literally standing anywhere.


What something is or means may depend on what you bring to the question - your own history or prejudices. That's summarized in the phrase "where you are standing".

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