The Luxury of Blind Spots

Blind spot [noun]: 1. vision small portion of the visual field of each eye that corresponds to the position of the optic disk within the retina. There are no photoreceptors in the optic disk, and, therefore, there is no image detection in this area. 2. figurative An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one’s vision.

A secret – not because you’re tight-lipped but because secrets are a luxury. A moment of your life you chose not to share. A tender moment you need to protect.

How many of those do you have?

Lot of people, Mum included, describe me as a very private person. I don’t reveal a lot and if there’s one thing I can do well, it’s knowing when to shut up. I have a big collection of secrets, which is only an accidental side effect of my silence.

These secrets are not rooted in secrecy, or even dishonesty. They originate in my desire to protect the fragile silence, to truly own a moment in an age when all experiences are communal. Thoughts need to be articulated, memories need to be shared. Beauty only exists as long as it’s validated online; mysteries only exist to be revealed. The private space shrunk into a 1×1 Instagram window shop, where you can market your life and lure others into buying it. And any silent pause equals a blank gap in your curriculum vitae that must be explained.

In McCarthy’s Satin Island, this stimuli overload results in a paralyzing state. „Write Everything Down, said Malinowski. But the thing is, now, it is all written down. There’s hardly an instant of our lives that isn’t documented,“ the narrator remarks, and I agree.

What was the last time you did something amazing and told nobody about it?

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4 thoughts on “The Luxury of Blind Spots”

  1. Nice post!

    >>What was the last time you did something amazing and told nobody about it?

    Christopher McCandless wrote “Happiness is only real when shared”
    And I think when someone does something amazing they want to tell others by nature… Keeping it a secret is often not as enjoyable in my opinion…

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    1. Hah, that’s a good point!! I view his quote in the context of a different era. In the 2010s, nothing is real unless it’s shared. But I would like to believe that the joy of sharing underlies all of this mania:)) thanks for the comment!

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