Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More on The Ethics of Seeing (?)

Someone have an interpretation of this for me? (from Matthew 6:22-23):
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

See also, Luke 11: 34-36. Does Jesus mean that those of us with good eyesight are better off, more likely to be saved, enlightened--something like that? Or is this suggestive of some deeper insight not related to literal vision?

7 comments:

Insignificant Wrangler said...

Seeing is overrated.

Hearing is (not) believing

Daniel said...

There is a PSA commercial in Nebraska that champions the importance of getting your child's eyesight checked by informing you that "75% of the school day is spent in visual activities."

My question is, what are the activities that don't require sight?

"Brian" said...

The first part is just setting up the second part...it says, "When you close your eyes, it's real dark...just imagine if you had no soul to light it up...then it'd be real, real, real dark."

I think it's a little bit lame, but next to Emily and Bob Lamb's lecture today there isn't much that isn't lame.

Also I am nervous you're becoming pretentious with your John Barth references. Look, man. I know you read a lot of books, but I could beat your ass at Halo and MLB 2K7.

I can't wait to play your fantasy team...maybe you should start Derrida or Foucault.

Casey said...

Santos--are you turning into a mystic, finally? Welcome aboard. That comment was exceedingly cryptic and stylish.

Dunn. Good point. Apologies. Isn't this post I did somehow relevant to what Whitman said about always sending the sunrise out of ourselves? -- the "light" within, or whatever?

Daniel. How about... blow jobs behind the cafeteria? Maybe that's only in Michigan.

"Brian" said...

Yeah, but putting it that way makes "the light within" seem cliche.

From now on, just don't talk anymore when referencing my buddy/me Walt. "My buddy AND me" (think about that).

I put an assignment for you on your desk...Read 293 and decide what you're a martyr for. And also, read 564. Stop "praying" and start worshiping.

"Brian" said...

PS Bob was so far into the cave today that no one knew what he was talking about...then Neil Gill drew a Venn Diagram on the board and Bob told him to give it up...he was wrong. Later, he told someone, "That's a good idea, but if you actually read the poems you'll find that it's entirely wrong."

Daniel said...

I'm starting to feel gypped about my previous educational experience. So that's why Michigan has their own standardized tests. The students spend 25% of their day in co-ed extracurricular activities.