Blindness and Blind Spots


Everyone knows what blindness is – it’s the gradual or complete loss of vision that can occur either at birth or due to other extraneous factors – within or beyond our control. Fairly common medical conditions that cause the loss of sight are cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy- to name just a few.

However, there’s another form of blindness that very few people are really aware of – it’s the lack of basic common sense, empathy and it is the inability to be fair, just and open-minded toward ‘touchy’ subjects, especially those that refer to Religion and Politics.

Many good interpersonal relationships have been ruined because people would rather feed their ego than the furtherance of the relationship itself. If the fact that each person is entitled to his/her own opinion is considered as being true, then how does it really matter if one is right or not?

Frankly, people couldn’t care less about whether their fellow interlocutor is in the right or is grossly wrong in his/her opinion or judgment. It is absolutely true – you can choose to believe it or not.

To be perfectly honest, I personally steer away from controversial subjects that could very well become an outright confrontation or highly-charged argument between family and friends. In case of the latter, invariably other personal and private matters get thrown at the opposite party – whether he/she wants the conversation, in the first place, to go that way or not. In the end, the argument goes so dangerously far from the original point of contention that it’s all just not worth the effort of argument at all.

The description of the second case is a form of blindness too – it’s about being able to ‘see’ the truth of the matter, as such, yet consciously leaning towards attitudes and behaviour that are largely critical, crass, argumentative and perverse.

Be aware of where your blindness lies. Have the decency and courage to right a wrong done to another just because you felt that your opinion is more important than his/ hers. This form of pig-headed blindness is lurking in the shadows, like a skulking wild cat waiting to pounce on its unsuspecting prey. It is known to have ruined and ended, on a bad note, many a good relationship.

So, beware. That’s all I can truly say.

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