By ALICE von HILDEBRAND
There is a note of dignity and poignancy in a blind man, who early in his life, becomes aware that he is deprived of the unfathomable gift of sight, and that there is a world of beauty totally closed to him. Already as a small child, he must realize that he suffers from a deficiency and that his daily life will be a struggle, relying only on hearing and touching to face the problems of daily life.
I leave aside the case of those who lose their sight later in life, and who carry the heavy cross of no longer perceiving the beauty of the sun, of a star-studded sky, of spring, or contemplating a beloved face, but at least they can recall what they had previously perceived.
Once again, one can speak of a heavy cross. But it is inconceivable that a person deprived of the gift of sight would accuse those who “see” of hallucinating. They are aware that they are the victims of a grave deficiency. It is worth keeping this in mind for we shall see that there are cases — and not a few — of people accusing others of self-deceit and outright delusion when they refer to truths that the accusers do not perceive, and have good reasons for not perceiving.
A philosopher, any lover of wisdom, should be on the alert and keep in mind that there are such cases and distinguish between those who do not see because “there is nothing to be seen,” and cases when darkness is willfully preferred to light, and those who, conscious that their intellectual and spiritual eyesight is deficient, call for help. “Lord, that I may see.” … Continue Reading