Arquivo para March 25th, 2017

Vision and Blindness

25 Mar

Vision of the world implies a set of sensations, including those that the cultural aspectClassical spectacle on eye chart adds, that is, we think we see, but our vision is conditioned by tradition, and it is the dialogue with the tradition that allows us to take the veil from what we think we see, An unveiling.

This was treated in philosophy since Socrates and Plato, the so-called cave myth, that is, what we see are shadows inside a cave we must go out into the light to see what really the world, until we reach the contemporary philosopher Heidegger, the Weltanschauung (German term meaning a worldview or cosmoview, where a cognitive orientation is fundamental so that an individual or an entire society can actually see.

In our daily life, this orientation encompasses both natural philosophy, with its fundamental, existential, normative values, its postulates or themes, its emotions and, in a special, ethical way.

What happens then to a person who is blind from birth? One of the miracles attributed to Jesus is that he healed a blind man from birth (Jo 1,6-9), which means that the cognitive system is not prepared to see, so it is indeed a very great miracle.

It is the miracle that the contemporary world needs, immersed in an illuminist and idealistic culture, where individualism and consumerism are byproducts because they are consequences, making people see once they are blind from birth, it means a “miracle”.

But what is the miracle possible to happen, is the fact that there is the “discomfort” of modernity, what bad interpreters call liquid, in fact it is a world in process of change, because what is there is uncomfortable and in a certain way inhuman.

It takes a new Weltanschauung, a new worldview, including ALL peoples.