While not exactly a quote and more of an anecdotal story from her life, the story goes that Helen Keller was once asked in an interview,
"What is was like to not be able to see?"
Quick as a flash Helen responded with,
"What is it like to have eyes but no vision?"
That story impacted me deeply when shared at a staff meeting by a much loved boss years ago and who is now retired.
(and deeply missed by many)
The lesson has profoundly changed me as I have aged and my passion for analogue photography and writing has continued to develop.
Having eyes does not automatically equate to seeing, just as having ears does not automatically equate to hearing. We are not talking about any physical impediment
here but rather the unopened, unawakened, unaware and dispassionate mind.
Another Keller quote I found and relate to:
“For, after all, every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the Hill Difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles, I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better, I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire.”
The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller
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