When Is One Eye One Eye Too Many? In the Land of the Blind.

Posted on July 21, 2014

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He Taught Me NothingIn the land of the blind, it is said, the one-eyed man is king.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is bullshit.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is ridiculed for seeing things differently.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is alienated and ignored because he lacks a true understanding of the world-as-it-really-is, distracted as he is by the superficiality of one-eyed sight.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man blinds his one good eye or has it blinded by others — possibly by his parents for his own sake.

To survive in a blind world, the one-eyed man must pretend to be blind. He must convince everyone else that his tiny incremental advancements are the result of some special feature of his blindness and nothing else. To lead the blind, one must appear to them to be blind.

One question haunts any reasonably self-aware one-eyed man or woman: am I really one-eyed or am I as blind as everyone else and simply mistaken that I see something that they don’t see?

The cold stake at heart of the problem is this:  in the land of the blind, it is the blind who ultimately determine the answer to that important question.