So I just spent a whole afternoon watching videos of how blind people do things and what goes on in their daily lives. I guess I had more questions than I thought as the more I watched the more questions I had, and they were answered quite honestly by this guy called Tommy Edison
, you might've heard of him before, if you havn't seen his stuff definitely check him out on youtube, his channel is called The Tommy Edison Experience
. So what sort of questions? From questions like if blind people dream, if blind people can understand colors, if blind people know what transparency means, whether blind people understand what visual beauty is to what blind people think of non blind people kinda things.
Questions that are just common sense to sighted people but its a whole different world for blind people. Its just so interesting to see things through Tommy Edison's perspective. I was gonna say through Tommy's eyes but stopped myself before I sounded like a fool.
Videos of people who can hear for the first time or see for the first time makes me tear up, if you havn't seen any of those I highly recommend it, it humbled me and made me appreciate what I have and how I just take many things for granted. Then it got me thinking... If I was blind, you probably won't be reading this journal right now, you probably won't even know who I am
, because what I do kinda requires me to see things right? I need to see what Im drawing so I know whether its Deviantart Daily Deviation worthy or not. In another universe, I could be blind and became a musician like Stevie Wonder! Or a lawyer.. like Daredevil!
(... umm...I want to just quickly touch on a subject of the multiverse theory, I don't think we exist in other universes even if the multiverse theory is true, hear me out on this, many people say that we exist in other universes too, maybe in another universe you are a doctor, maybe in another universe you are the president, maybe in another universe you are a frog, maybe in another universe you are the opposite gender. But the thing is.. that is not you? Even if that you is 100% identical to you now living in a universe that is 100% the same as this one, that you still wouldn't be you. You are not conscious in that body, that's just a clone of you. That's like having a twin who has 100% DNA identical to you, but that is not you. So whenever someone say that 'In another universe I might be doing this and that'
, I walk up to them and squish their cheeks and say 'NO! That is someone else who looks like you but is ultimately not you.'
SORRY WENT ON A TANGENT HERE.)
Lets get back on topic here, I find it super interesting that the born blind cannot quite grasp the understanding of colors,
we see all 7 colours
of the rainbow (Its more like 6 if you ask me, Newton had a fascination with the number 7 so he added an extra color in there just so it sounded better (If you are wondering which color, its Indigo
, Indigo has got to go.)) But to a blind person it doesn't make sense to them, Tommy Edison says he knows what color is in the sky and what color fruits are and stuff, but thats only because people told him and he remembers the color names associated with the thing
. But to him he does not understand what the color looks like
, you can say 'oh red is warm, it is very vibrant and strong.' but that won't help with triggering the red color to a blind person who has never seen red before you know what I mean?
But we sighted people can because we have seen it. Okay with this idea in mind, I want you to think about what we CAN see, we think we can see a lot of things yeah? We are pretty good with what we can see? Which is a lot? We can see a lot sure, but it would be amazing if we could see a LOT more! Let me explain, think about all the things we know exists but we cannot see, like ultraviolet or infrared or sound waves for example, we know they exist but we cannot see them.
Some animals like birds are magnetic right? You can pick up a bird and stick them to your fridge! ...Ok no thats not true XD I made that up, but we do have Magnetoreceptive birds (I wonder if Magneto have Magnetoreception.. he must have right?), they can sense where North South East and West is, thats how they migrate and travel together like a family on vacation, now we KNOW they can sense the Earth's magnetism field, but we don't know what that feels like! Imagine if we can! Ok what else we can't see? Carbon dioxide the colorless gas, imagine if we could see Carbon dioxide as a black gas! It would definitely change our ways of living and help with the global warming problem! We would be able to see the sky getting blacker and blacker. We probably would've moved on to more electric based transport by now. Lets take this idea to another level, literally another level of... dimension. I love thinking about the possibilities of extra dimensions, what if we could see outside of our 3D dimensions and not be trapped within prison of the 4th?
It would definitely change our ways of viewing the world, we would just have access to our whole universe's timeline and pinpoint whichever bit to relive, it would change the way we live and treat each other (one could argue that it would be chaos, maybe even driven to the point that we could not exist.. but thats getting a bit too depressing). But think of all the possibilities.
So I want to end this journal on something more motivational and humbling if I can, what I think I want to really say for this journal is... Lets be more appreciative of what we have.
Lets be appreciative of the 5 senses we are given as well as the technologies we have in our modern day time where we can communicate with each other so easily, there could be someone out there who's reading this journal right now who is deaf or cannot speak, you may even be blind and is hearing this journal from someone else's mouth or through a computer reading.
So for those of you who has the ability to do things with your hands or speech or sight or a creative mind etc, you should use it, do not waste it. Use what you have to give something back to the world.