World Sight Day today is an opportunity for everyone to take notice of the gift of sight. If you need any help appreciating the miracle of sight, I highly recommend one of the best depictions of place sight holds in our life by examining the trauma that results when it fails. Despite its he documentary “Notes on Blindness”. While the majority of the film illustrates the stark tribulations of going blind, it concludes with an embrace of this ocular failure…

  • · “I had said to myself that I would learn to live with blindness, but I would never accept it. Now I found that there has been a sort of change in the state of my brain. It’s as if now being denied the stimulus of the outside world, the thing is turned in upon itself to find inner resources. Occasionally, I go home in the evening an I feel as if my is almost blown with new ideas and new horizons. I find myself connecting more, remembering more, making more links in my mind between the various things I have read and learned all my life. I now feel clearer, more excited, more adventurous, more confident intellectually than I have ever felt in my life. There is so totally purging about blindness that one either is destroyed or renewed. You consciousness is evacuated. You past memories, your interests, your perception of time. Place itself. The world itself. One must re-create one’s life.”
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