A Flat Earth
At the end of things, is a barrier
That move quietly in the darkness of the night
Gently onwards until they fall, off the edge
De-cis-ive-ness makes all things capable of
I’ll tell you this. You may be English, Scots, Irish or even Welsh
But you’ll still fall off
You are deluded if you think that it’s a globe we all live on.
How can it be so? We would all slide round and fall off underneath
To who knows where?
For goodness sake, what’s down there? Hades?
So, looking out over the shopping street in town are the figures from a shop. Someone has put them upstairs in that room, overlooking and they seem to take on a significance. Perhaps they are sacred and holy? Perhaps they don’t mean anything!
Imagine a world where everything is two dimensional. More precisely, imagine a world where everything you see is limited by an inability or limited ability to judge depth in the ‘normal’ way through the use of both eyes to produce a 3D image. In such a world you would make up your own ways of establishing distance and depth. For example, how far a car is away and a safe distance from it to cross the road would be done on the basis of the size of the car compared to how you remember the size of car close up. All very confusing and disturbing as a child. Then there are people assuming you are like them and can judge things visually in the normal way. They wonder at your behavoiural adaptations made to try to compensate. I say, ‘try’ to compensate because there is always the residual knowledge that your are somehow making changes that others don’t need to make and you have nothing to measure them against. There is no textbook, no adviser or counselor to go to. No one to judge it all but yourself.
Anyway, you do all of this naturally as it were. Then someone comes along and tells you you’ve got a squint (just like 5% of the population). they say it needs treatment. this person is an optician and what they are actually doing is making a cosmetic adjustment using eye patches, muscle training etc. Although you may end up with some depth perception, the underlying physical ‘defect’ remains. Yet they tell you, you have made improvements. You are better.
Confused? I would think the child would be utterly confused. As if this was not enough, more is to follow, that just adds to the confusion and alienation by the outside world. This is one of the last unrecognised, undocumented and untreated diabilities. Help to make this change.
Finally, later in life a person may rely more heavily on specifically produced 2D images as they stand out from the rest of the 2D universe some people must live in. So, if the world is two dimensional visually things like posters and digital TV images will stand out as specially entertaining and significant. The person will learn to read manufactured 2d images specially well and may even rely on them. They may consider themselves special because of this and moderate their behaviour to balance it with 2D messages.
My tentative conclusion is that the type of behaviour displayed may be consistent with and may even lead to a diagnosis of schizophrenia and all that entails for the patient. This occur even if the patient is NOT schizophrenic. It follows that such a person will even be regarded as an incurable schizophrenic as the source of their trouble is a physical eyesight speciality and not mental illness….If this is true then WOW … what a cruel world we live in. Let me know what you think.
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I think these trees look special. Surreal is an overused term but there is something magical or mystical about them. I hope you like.
What we need is a culture where its ‘o.k.’ to be healthy…
Irishman: ‘Sure, to be sure’
Scotsman….’I’ll drink to that!’
So, we can conclude form this that I am both relying on my senses to make a decision. I am sonehow giving my senses the credit of being objective whilst at the same time reaching the wrong or inaccurate result because of this reliance. I have been deceived. What do I do in a situation like this? Can I extrapolate that just because in one example my senses are misleading me, that in other examples this is also the case. The question I would ask, is what do we really know? If I wanted to find out how likely a motor accident would be, and by extension, how likely I would be to crash, then I would have to do a thorough survey of all driving conditions or look logically at a set of statistics. The thorough visual survey is unrealistic and relies on my own consistency as a driver. A statistician could tell me – you have a one in a hundred chance of being involved in an accident but this seems at best unsatisfactory. In short, we can know very little accurately about the world based on our senses. Some people say we can only know for the time of the sensation until a contradictory sensation comes along…..