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I remember asking a friend years ago whose son is blind--in fact he has two prosthetic eyes so there is no doubt he is blind--if she thought her son would like to see again one day.  As a toddler, Tom had the experience of sight, but cancer took it away.  What she said, I will never likely forget.


​"I think Tom would prefer not to see because he can hear how seeing people judge others."


How stunning are those words?


The world believes a blind person is unfortunate, when in fact seeing can be quite crippling.  


We spend hundreds of dollars to get laser treatments, expensive eye glasses, or contact lenses that allow us to see as much as possible.  We will travel any amount of miles, spend any amount of money, and put ourselves in any amount of debt to keep or obtain the gift of sight.


But what is it we are choosing to see with that gift?


Tom does not see physical traits of others such as a person's size, their scars, or the labels on the clothes they wear.  He often hears what the sighted have to say about these things though.  Tom wants to hear what is in a person's heart.  He is not blinded by a person's looks, but touched or repulsed by who they are--not just by their words, but the intonation of their words, their breathing, the pauses in between, and their action or inaction.  He knows when a person's heart is troubled or aching, long before most sighted people know, or even notice.


Tom is not distracted by the untruths of what the world often chooses to see.




Blinded by Sight

   by Terry Kozloff