On Wednesday I shared three videos showing colorblind people who, through the help of glasses, were able to see color for the first time. The sudden burst of beauty they perceive when viewing the world in full color is obvious from their reactions. What an amazing gift they received.
I wonder about the people who developed those eyeglasses—what motivated them to do so? Inability to distinguish color is not a life-threatening disease or condition, except perhaps if you are driving a car. It certainly is an inconvenience and can definitely be limiting, but there are many far more serious medical problems.
From the standpoint of quality of life, however, it is quite dire. Colorblindness robs people of beauty, richness and depth the created world has to offer. It leaves them bereft. Impoverished. Perhaps the developers were propelled by their desire to help a loved one become aware of the beauty they have been missing.
Is it possible there is beauty around you and me which we overlook, or to which we have lost sensitivity?
What would it take to awaken our hearts and eyes?
Is there some way we can open up a new world of beauty for someone else?