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“Who knows, the doctor could not resist a smile, in truth the eyes are nothing more than lenses, it is the brain that actually does the seeing…” So Jose Saramago writes in ‘Blindness’ as translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

Today, this seems to hold more power than before, as i am seeing it, though it may have been as powerful since the time creatures first made the earth their home.

For me, the more i seem to speak on the phone or over video, the less i actually seem to umderstand the person on the other side. We are both watching the same movie or story and yet, i am unable and or unwilling to understand what that person is saying. To listen, in this absence of a body, to what someone is saying about what we can see together, without being close tobeqch other, is becoming more and more tough.

I again spoke to a friend with whom i had a major disagreement a few days ago. Both of us realised that we had seen the same thing and yet, come to different conclusions that felt like an attack on each other. “Sorry,” was said multiple times. What saved us, among many things, was the time we had shared in person with each other. A few days of discomfort had found a place to rest on the web we had created with each other.

Truly, the eyes are nothing more than the lenses. It is the brain that does the seeing.

The story of the disagreement:


Published by appamprawns

soni writes about children and people in controlled spaces, in his quest for appam stew. homi writes in the hope of being able to buy prawns to make patiyo.

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