“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Vision will always remain priceless and of immeasurable value to man. Too many things to mention, the list will be endless. Artists, actors, sportsmen, etc rely on sight for their life achievements and sustenance. But transcending the usual, our eyes can afford us much more. It depends on the sensitivity of the grey matter behind the pair of eyes and between the two ears.
Light to the body, insight to the soul; perhaps we take lightly this pair of tools so essential. Besides, a tool is only a tool until its function is finally figured out and implemented.
Him and Her (a Bit Offside)
We are not new to the wooing mechanics and schemes around us: some get lucky, others will live to woo another day. For those that succeed, good! For the casualties, I hope the outcome was nothing other than a tongue lashing.
What concerns our topic with wooing outcomes? Of course, ask from the casualty list. Some of them are familiar with black eyes and pepper sprays. Oh! Extreme! It’s as though the ladies were saying: “put your eyes where you want ’em to remain healthy.”
The day that Einstein feared is nigh: the day when technology surpasses human interaction; the day that will produce a generation of idiots. Our heads become perpetually buried in our choicest of gadgets as we are exiled from the real world. In a certain sense, we have all been found guilty at one point or the other: we’d rather feign a phone call to avoid seeing the oncoming nuisance of a fellow. We’d rather rant over social media than talk to the person next to us. A new way of “politely” snubbing someone is to keep looking down at the phone – whether it’s working or not.
And it seems to cost us nothing at all. At the least, we won’t be insulted to the face on social media; or rather, we can pretend to be the happiest of people when we are not. It all starts from the eyes being reduced to tools for surface sight, and no longer for discernment.
The Blind Side
Untrained eyes have little work to do. Red is red, white is white. But whether it’s white when it’s supposed to be red, they can’t tell. Suffering is not seen on social media, it’s on streets. Happiness is not shared by tweets or status updates, it’s shared by physical human interaction.
The bulk of misery is not due to evil itself, but from the indifference of the many good men and women. Our eyes were meant to recognise the fault lines.
That I May See…
Sight is a little bit old fashioned but it still works – a great deal. With the right mind and predisposition, we can be fully human. But we need to see: ourselves and others, not just as familiar objects but as our own, the essence for our communal existence and survival.
See, we must; recognise, we should; discern, we can!
Luke O. Ogar