I nearly knocked a man over the other day. I was taking Esther to work and turned through town ready to drop her off. Pedestrians were everywhere doing what pedestrians do…edging out in front of an approaching 2 tonne van. I slowed to fifteen knowing just how unpredictable people are. My attention was on a tall elderly woman on the edge of the pavement who was flirting with the idea of crossing right in front of me. My attention was also on the parking bays which to my relief were empty. That was when Esther panicked and I knew I had missed something. I slammed on the brakes not really knowing why and to my surprise this small grizzled man’s frightened stare through his thick lensed glasses met mine. I hadn’t seen him. I don’t know where he came from or which way he had walked from or how he came to think that walking in front of a truck was a healthy pastime…but it was as if he had appeared from nowhere.
The van has a large blind spot. I am aware of it and usually make every effort to negate its effect. That day I drove through this area at such slow speed and along what was two seconds earlier an empty road. You could excuse the error. But that’s where you’re wrong because I could so easily have knocked him down. So easily, given the ‘indestructible’ mindset of the more mad-capped people around.
To see things and not see things!
To be sure of our position but suddenly realise we are in the wrong place.
To be certain of our belief and not question. (Or be certain in our unbelief and not question!)
It intrigues me the way polarised groups react to the other. We drive along this road called life and we develop. Our perception of reality is based on how we see. It seems early on we choose our vehicle and make modifications as we go. How we drive our lives demonstrates our regard for people, for ourselves – our life tenets that anchor us. However, it seems, just like every aspect of life there is a pecking order that causes society to hold some as popular and others as outcasts. The playground syndrome.
Our view of life can at times display some amazingly diverse blind spots. Rather than blind spots lets refer to them as spots we don’t really want to look at. So in truth we are driving around without the full screen.
Those that don’t believe in God think that their windscreen is prejudice free – clear vision? Those that believe in God believe their windscreen shows things as they really are – absolute vision! Those that aren’t sure and try and hold an open mind are trying to look at the world through two windscreens and are not sure what they see – confused vision?!*! There are those that believe but would rather look out of the other windscreen and those that don’t believe that would like to have the mindset of Jesus.
I could write on and on showing the diverse, differing views in our world. Just Google number of different denominations and you will see my point regards those of Christian faith.
However everyone is blind too! Blind to others stance, how others see, what others perceive. I was blind to the fact the man crossing the road was there. He was blind to the approaching danger. We were both unaware.
I suppose clarity of vision is being aware…aware of all others and in our vision make sure we are not blind to their stance and not run them over with our reactions and actions.