December 10th, 2012

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

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  1. Kenneth Vogt says:

    Have you ever thought, “I need to get some perspective on this”? Perspective is focused imagination. But it is still not reality. It is tremendously useful in its proper place. Consider this:

  2. Rebecca Sherman says:

    I follow you on Twitter and enjoy seeing your tweets, but I must finally express that when you tweet this: The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight with no #vision. http” it comes across as ableist. It hurts my heart to see this in your frequent rotation of one-line quotes and sayings. The actual words of Mark Twain are not really saying what you paraphrase, or what is expressed in the photo. When one’s intention is to uplift or motivate, it would be a good thing not to hurt with this kind of language. You and your readers may find these links helpful in understanding ableism:

  3. ian says:

    hi Rebecca, fair comment. Thanks for expressing it. Keep in mind the quote is from Helen Keller who was blind.

  4. Rebecca Sherman says:

    If you don’t include the attribution with the quote, the words only appear to be yours. Keller’s name appears neither in the tweets or in the image above. Thank you for explaining.

  5. I like this quote from Mark Twain as it shows how the mind and the eyes work together to see. I’ve been researching methods to improve poor eyesight and it actually all comes down to eliminating mind problems. The eyes and the mind are actually one, working together to produce sight. Also, research about “blindsight” is very interesting.

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