Waking into nothingness

could you imagine how it would be to fall asleep one day, have the best dream of your life, then suddenly wake up blind? For some people, the response would be that it would be the ultimate horror, while for others it would be a fair trade if the dream were good enough. And the truly disturbing part is that many of us are probably experiencing it, one way or another.

THE POWER OF VISION

Being able to see is probably the most important of our senses. Even if we can only see a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, what we see informs how we know that objects are there, how we relate to them in terms of space and time, and how we maneuver and move in this world. This is the reason why being robbed of vision due to an accident, injury, or through malicious intent is always seen as a great tragedy.

DREAMING

If you’re not a romantic at heart, then the whole idea of dreaming is little more than your brain processing and ordering your new memories, and perhaps throwing out some old ones. However, it is also widely believed that in the process of integrating these new memories, that one usually ends up revisiting older, important ones – hence the idea of dreams and nightmares. Dreams are what we are, without all the self-control (not surprisingly, being drunk can offer a similar state).

BLINDNESS

Short of being blind ourselves, there is no way to really experience it – even closing our eyes is not the true experience, since we know we can eventually open our eyes and see again. That is perhaps the reason why blindness is so terrifying on many levels: it totally disrupts how we view the world. We perceive things in the way of shapes, forms, and colors. Now, with that taken away from us, we are left with how we hear things, smell them, and, perhaps feel objects, in terms of hardness and texture. For want of a better term, it’s similar to simply having an indirect experience, rather than actually “seeing things.”

THE MEANING OF BLINDNESS

Now, we go back to our original issue: How would you feel, if you fell asleep, had a great dream, and then woke up blind. First off, I will have to say, it’s perfectly normal to panic, to scream in terror. After all, your primary sense is gone. The way you interpret the world will change forever.

The secret, however, is in what you should do next. It’s important that you pick yourself up, mentally, and decide to do something about it.

It’s not really just about literal blindness. Have you ever felt like the whole world has suddenly left you behind, or what you know as your own safe and secure world has suddenly changed overnight? That’s a form of blindness, too. It could be about losing your job, losing a loved one, or losing something incredibly important in your life. Yes, you will feel terror and aimlessness.

And again, the secret is: Being blind is being blind. But you make the decisions on what to do next. Giving up, and giving in to blindness is the worst thing you can do.

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