A book referenced very often in today’s world (“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) says that :
l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux
Translated in English from French , it means that the essential is invisible to the eyes. What this quote suggests is that we cannot see everything with our eyes. There are things that our eyes cannot perceive. This idea is also reinforced a saying that I’ve seen various times online (I don’t know who it belongs to, if any of you reading know, just tell me in the comments sections):
If our eyes only saw souls instead of bodies how very different our ideals of beauty would be.
And also the question :
If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?
These make me realize how many times I believe I know a person just by what I see. And how I judge them based on the appearance. However,the soul is harder to be read though appearance in a few seconds. Yes, I also know that this idea comes in contrast with the concept that the “eyes are the door to the soul” . And I also agree with this, but I believe that we can only get to experience this wisdom, the wisdom of actually looking in someone’s eyes and being able to see beyond the surface only if we are also present and kind and pay attention. You see, I also do this mistake: to think that I know something just because I can see .
I think we believe we are better than in reality. That we are full of knowledge because we read a lot. I used to think of me with pride as I do like reading and it is considered as an intellectual activity. But I came to realize that we may read all the books in the world and still, others may overpass us in terms of wiseness.
I do hope that I will never judge others and stereotype based on what I see and also hear. Yes, a small precaution is good, just in case , and anyway, we should do that in order to, at least , protect our souls from too much harm, but no harm equals with no living.
So, next time you see something, question what you are actually seeing . You may be more wrong than right.
P.S.: I want to sincerely apologize to all the people that I’ve made opinion about without actually getting to talk to them and know each other. I am aware of this mistake and I am sorry. I am on my journey of not repeating this mistake in the past. Thank you for being understanding and also thank you for telling me if I judged you, too!