Meandering / Perception

Meandering Monday about Willful Blindness

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

“You can make up a lot of those. There are none so deaf as those who will not hear…” – Butterflies Are Free I think – hey, let’s pretend I actually looked it up instead of relying on a four-decades-old memory.

Let’s stick with the first one – WILLFUL BLINDNESS. We’ve all seen it in our lives – people who for whatever reason (pain, discomfort with a subject, rigid ideology) refuse to see what’s right in front of them. It usually isn’t a conscious decision (if it was, then they wouldn’t be blind – just deceitful.) You can usually see it in other people, unless you’re all part of the same echo chamber (wait – we’re talking about sight, not sound; what’s the visual equivalent of an echo? Maybe a house of mirrors? lots of distortion there…)

A co-worker died recently. It happened that he had been literally blind most of his life, and at the memorial it was repeatedly said that he had a way of getting sighted people to see things they were totally missing. Sometimes we’re just not that observant and need a reminder to look, but often our blindness is more serious; our subconscious builds up a defense against whatever the threat is to our worldview.

When we see people with a problem, it’s the natural inclination of many to try to help them. But if someone is willfully blind, the operative word is WILLFULLY – they WANT or NEED to maintain their ignorance. Pointing it out to them may not go well; they’ve been fighting REALITY all this time – do you think you can compete with that? So when you see some snowflake fighting valiantly to keep reality from impinging on their fragile existence – remember that they’re afraid that whatever it is will send them into the nightmare of:

WickedWitchWater“I’m melting!”MrT

“I pity the fool!” (now Mr. T – let’s be nice about it)

Sometimes you just have to let a fool believe “what a fool believes” (Doobie Brothers) – reality has a way of rearing its ugly head – especially when you don’t want it to.

Just saying…


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In a strange series of coincidences, young women start dying in Barnstow. Detective Jimmy Delaney doesn’t believe in coincidences – and he’s doubly suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve the murders. But can he stop the killer before they strike again?

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