I was once requested to elaborate upon Helen Keller’s quote “The Seeing See Little”. At the time I did not know that in explaining my understanding of these four words I would embark upon a journey of self-discovery and learn to appreciate the true beauty of our world. However, to truly grasp the depth of Helen’s words, let us first endeavor to understand what exactly is it which the seeing are unable to perceive even with the gift of their sight.
Nature has indeed painted our lives with countless shades of colors. From the muddy brown earth upon which we walk to the blue blanketing sky whose pearly white clouds chase us wherever we go, from the golden glory of the rising Sun to the sea of a fiery orange which shrouds its daily slumber, everything around us radiates a beauty of its own. In fact, dear reader, if you would just take a closer look upon yourself, you would find your very own self a wonderful blend of most natural colors. From your blood and skin, eyes and hair, your house and hearth, do you not see how He who has fashioned the entire creation has painted us? Indeed, He has done so with wonders from a palette whose miracles and their magnificent beauty can just not be described by our inadequate words. It is precisely this beauty which eludes the not so seeing eyes of the seeing; and is just as evident to the darkened but most perceptive vision of the unseeing. Simply put, most of us are take this gift from Almighty for granted.
Consequently, we end up belittling their beauty with our ignorance or indifference or perceive them under the black and bleak shades of our harsh experiences.
Even so, there is yet another miracle of colors in connection with human existence which defies those of us who persist in maintaining that no matter what happens, this world and our life in it is just colorless. Synesthesia is a neurological condition which allows a person to taste, hear or smell colors or even shapes. For instance, a synesthete would see distinct colors with every voice he/she hears. It is also possible that in some other type of synesthesia they would smell or taste the color or shape of every word they hear.
In essence dear reader, there is always more to life than what we would originally have ourselves believe. The limited scope of our daily experiences, pains and pleasures often turn us blind to the all nurturing beauty we are surrounded by. If given the chance, it would most definitely heal our world weary heart. If not, then Helen’s words would sadly end up becoming more than an observation; it would then indeed be a sorry but an undeniable truth. So let us explore life beyond the boundaries of our site! Let us relish the essence of things and bask in the beauty of our lives! Let us not be deceived and handicapped by our abilities or what we have come to believe as a result of our bitter experiences!