Learning How to See
How we use our eyes (and our mind’s eye) is both a physical given and a learned response in the way we take in the light (and wisdom) around us.
Think of something like your first car of a certain model and color. Yours was the first like it that you ever saw. But after you drove off the lot (after investing much time and energy and dollars focused on that particular car) you began seeing others like it everywhere you went. You had trained your mind to SEE in a new way.
My wife went on an outing last weekend while I was away. She was horrified to see others in the group stepping on a cluster of Showy Orchis. To them, this plant did not look any different than all the other nameless growing things on the forested trail. To Ann, it was a well-known, often-sought and highly prized uncommon mountain orchid. Of course she saw it!
Let me seque a bit after reading this trigger article linked below:
Moken children are able to make their pupils smaller and change their lens shape. Seals and dolphins have a similar adaptation.â€¨BBC – Future – The ‘sea-nomad’ children who see like dolphinsÂ
It turns out that the eye is more adaptable than we might have imagined. Children on remote islands off the coast of Thailand spend much time in the sea. They have learned to adapt their lenses to match the refractory properties of salt water so for them, an under-the-waves view is pretty much the same as on land. Their eyes also do not become irritated from exposure to briny waters.
There is a down-side. The last paragraph in the BBC article states…
“Unfortunately, the children in Gislen’s experiments may be the last of the tribe to possess the ability to see so clearly underwater. “They just don’t spend as much time in the sea anymore,” she says, “so I doubt that any of the children that grow up these days in the tribe have this extraordinary vision.”Â
And it made me think that a similar decay is taking place in the vision of too many of our cloistered children. Such small eyes couldÂ once could spot a salamander, caterpillar or bit of quartz while romping in their forest hideaway.
But not many dive deep into those places anymore, and their vision becomes blurred. The objects of outdoor interest, of curiosity, of knowledge and wisdom from the living world are quickly becomingÂ invisible.
What we can’t see we won’t value. What we don’t value, we won’t protect.
Are your children or grandchildren in need of an Eye Doctor to address this problem? Â There are corrective lenses available.
[su_quote]Where there is no vision, the people perish. –Proverbs 29.18Â [/su_quote]