I was reading a book recently where the main female character was blind and had been from birth. The story itself was both interesting and challenging because apart from it being a really good murder mystery story, there were several insights into the world of the blind person. One was the fact that she never used lights in the house and another was the fact that she never rearranged the furniture because if she did, or anyone else did, she would not find her way around. It is impossible to pretend you are blind, as whatever you do with blindfolds or simply closing your eyes, in truth it can be undone anytime you like to see again.
This character had adjusted to her blindness and was able to get about really well and also hold down a job. In life people with perfect eyesight often go around not seeing something which to others is obvious, or perhaps get into a routine to avoid obstacles which keep them from having to learn new things or cope with changes.
We entertain a sort of ‘blindness’ in our lives to these things and cannot see any other viewpoint which has led to the expression “There are none so blind as those who cannot see.” Unfortunately if this ‘blindness’ becomes part of our everyday lives we simply adjust to it and learn to live with it as you would if you were actually blind.
What a pity when the Bible warned about this thousands of years ago…”Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and have ears and hear not” Jeremiah 5 v 21.
I contend that there are lots of things which we are blind and deaf to which we should really be seeing and hearing.
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