The Relativity of Blindness

Lately I have been casting about for analogies to the human condition as it exists in the wider world we are beginning to see more of or at least see hints of, and I often wonder what the "second sighted" make of us - the average Joes who have not much developed our psi abilities or any abilities to see outside of local time and space. Are we handicapped like people with brain injuries who have lost their color vision entirely? Are we to the higher planes like people on this plane who have no inkling of color? Are we more like the black and white sighted in Oliver Sach's book who though we cannot see color still retain a concept of color? Is our world regarded by the more developed to be tragically bland and circumscribed? Concomitant to that do our disabilities give us certain advantages of attention and narrow focuses as described in the link where we see the black and white sighted only develop certain "talents" for seeing what the color aware do not? Do we have certain small advantages of perspective that the second sighted tend to lose sight of pardon the pun?

"Robert Dilts' model of Neuro-Logical Levels of experience also gives us insight into Mr I's condition. At the Environmental level he experienced a physical change in his brain. This resulted in a reduction of choice at the levels of Behaviour and Capability (he lost his ability to paint in colour). This in turn affected his Beliefs and Values, regarding food and people for instance. Very quickly the changes at the lower levels called into question his Identity as an artist. From here he experienced doubts about the meaning in his life and the contribution he could make to something more than himself, ie. the Spiritual level.

Mr I's case clearly shows how dramatic change can occur 'from the bottom up' the Neurological Levels."