It is in the mind that all contemplation takes place. It is where all observation passes through. It is where we gain a sense of what is and what is taking place. It is where we understand what our eyes are looking at. It is where we ask the question “what’s going on here?”
When the image we cast our gaze on is the closest, we tend to feel it is in focus, but since everything in life is transient, we cannot continue to see something the same way for too long because it keeps changing. We cannot merely judge something from one perspective no more than we can view an object from near or from a distance at the same time. If we try one of the visions must become blurred.
Every circumstance in this world has its own distinctions. Nothing is one way or another and there are very few (if any) straight lines. If we chose to see things as they really are there is always some sort of curvature present.
Perfect mental vision into a situation cannot always be achieved, as there are many foggy barriers caused by insults and injuries that cloud the truth, especially in climates that thrive on conditions that foster hate. As resentments build, the fogginess increases, until less and less illumination can penetrate the mind causing poor vision and eventually, even complete blindness.
What happened Saturday is the result of this type of blindness. It is a vivid reminder of how much of what we think we see is skewed, slanted, twisted and distorted and that so many of us are in the dark.
When we see those who are at work trying to see through the haze and they are threatened, hurt or eliminated for their efforts we are in a state of serious social blindness and at risk of being in the dark forever.
The attack and the aftermath of this perpetration on this congresswoman, a judge, and a group of people whose intention it was to evoke change could not be more horrifying, it is morally wrong. It makes us want to close our eyes tight and cry out with our hearts.
Just as a total lack of sight cannot stop one from seeing nor, can this incident stop us if we refuse to think that where we are going these days is hopeless and that we are helpless to change the direction. If we have trouble bringing things into clear view after the furry of this or any appalling event, it is because we are now in such a strange place. For a while, at least until we can process what has happened, and rethink, we are sure to be somewhat in the dark. We are likely to stumble over unexpected obstacles before everything becomes a little more vivid to us.
However, if we do not open our eyes to the real issues here, we will remain blind and what light there is with which to see will eventually dim until all that remains is the total absence of understanding and compassion and then we will be totally sightless.
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