Turning a blind eye

“A person can explain anything to anyone if he can explain colors to a blind man.”

Its a hard, dark world for someone with no eyes. They see no light, no colors, and the beauty of nature is forever elusive to them. For them, everyday is a challenge, a struggle and a fight to stay equal with the rest of the world. The battle only gets harder as they are bereft of one of the most vital senses a person would need. Each passing day is dotted with a hundred bumps into people and things – sometimes embarassing, and many times, painful. But, I believe God has His way with life and everyone are created equal. When He takes away something from someone, He’s sure to have given them something greater to mask that loss. The real challenge for a blind person is to discover that uniquity in him/her and exercise all their efforts to excel in it. The brain-seed for this post was an incident that ocurred in the bus (on my way to college) that left me contemplating for a long time:

This happened two days ago. I was pretty late when I left home for college that morning but thankfully I managed to get on to a bus without having to wait for long at the bus stop. I managed to find a seat close to the door and settled down. A few minutes later at a subsequent stop, a blind person was helped into the bus. The person folded his ID cane and groped for something to hold on to. I got up, held his hand and guided him to my seat. While this was happening, another person who was standing in the bus thought I was going to get off the bus and had taken my seat. I told him that I had gotten up to help the blind person and asked him to vacate the seat for him. The person said: “Oh, I’m sorry I did not see”, and he gave up the seat. I said it was okay and helped the blind man sit down.

What struck me then was that a person with normal vision does not appreciate its true value. Also, that God, when He created people blind, expected the other ‘normal’ ones to help. Of what use are your eyes, if you do not use them to help a person in true need of help?

I’m pretty sure that a blind man will not be able to read this article of mine, and on the contrary, I hope the others who do will understand that its their moral responsibility to help and I hope you would consider donating your eyes – like Pavan urges everyone to. Its a good feeling to know that someone is still looking at the world through your eyes, even after you are dead.

(Thanks to Suda for letting me know of this clip’s existance on Youtube.)

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5 thoughts on “Turning a blind eye

  1. The worst memory i have about blind ppl is an incident where around 8 of them were holding each other and singing loud and begging. i dunno if they wer urging god to save them from a similar fate in their next births, or that ppl show some humanity towards them. But the whole scene left me wondering what lay ahead in their lives.

  2. Very touching. I remember helping blind people in my childhood. But nowadays I don’t seem to encounter that many blind people nowadays. But I still do my best to help very old people. Nice post. 🙂

  3. @Harsha:
    I’m sure they were neither asking God to save them from the fate again nor wishing people would show humanity. They were only doing that to fill their stomachs for the day.

    @Pavan:
    Yes. The whole purpose of your well-being is to help the person who is of less fortune than you are.

    @Suda:
    Yeah. I have seen those ads on TV and the first time I saw them I was moved to tears. I’ve edited the post to include the one involving blind children. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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