Saturday, December 10, 2016

As Far As the Eye Can See


Expand Your Vision


My last article was about taking time out and I have done just that with writing on my blog. I am travelling in an RV this winter. So far I have been in Florida all the way to Key West, where I wrote this article. During my travels, I have seen how the scale of things has grown. Many things go for "as far as the eye can see". Machines play a big part in this expansion of scale.

What we see is important because it shapes our thoughts. Our thoughts then lead to action and reactions, including feelings. What we see also affects our well-being. We are largely visually oriented.

On my way through the north of Florida, I met a commercial director from my home town, New York City. He described his job to me and it became clear how constrained the business required him to be. He described how a setting is chosen with actors, props, accessories. As far as he can see, he has unlimited choices in these matters. But because the picture that will be acceptable to his higher ups is limited, of course, his choices are limited. This picture is actually a contrived reality. It is a reality that is imposed on us in commercials and many other ways.


“As far as the eye can see” is an expression that refers to looking out at the world around us and seeing something that goes on for a long time, basically until it seems to dwindle to the end of what we can see. This expression came to my mind on many occasions as I drove along because of the many vast acres of planted vegetation. Pine trees, orange orchards, and other monoculture agriculture, and long highways, bridges, and big developments are abundant. They all seemed to go on forever. However, although these man-made "pictures" of life and reality seem to go on as far as the eye can see, they are actually very short-sighted.

Funnily enough, the word "real" is used in Florida to describe the so-called natural places. The real Florida is a preserve or a state park as opposed to the artificial Florida that one finds in places such as Disney World, Lego land and in all the many gated communities. But as it turns out, it's all artificial in that it is all man-made, and it goes on and on, as far as the eye can see.

For example, another camper I met mentioned the decline in the honey bee population.  It is a shortness of vision that the people who promote monoculture agriculture do not consider the effect on the honey bees who cannot survive under those conditions. It just so happens that this camper owned farmland which was used for monoculture farming with chemicals such as Atrazine.

Then there's the expression, "as far as I can see" which I already used when referring to the commercial director and as far as he could see. "As far as I can see" refers to understanding something the best way possible at the time. It is more related to seeing with the mind than the expression as far as the eye can see. But both expressions are not far removed in meaning really.

Besides our two eyes that we can use more effectively, we also have a mind's eye. If we use that to see further, we will be able to put our lives back into a more balanced perspective.  By working to expand our vision, both with our two eyes and our mind's eye, we will expand our abilities to live in a relaxed happy world. Expanding vision can be taken on any level though and it’s best to start with something small and personal.


References

Atrazine Under Attack in US, B’org Food Chain blog, 15 September 2010, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2010/09/atrazine-under-attack-in-us.html

Taking Time Out, Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, September 30, 2016. https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/09/take-time-out.html

The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 22, 1015, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

Visually Oriented, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 26, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/search?q=visually

WYSYWIG, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 22, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/wysiwyg.html


Photo credit with thanks, Natural Environment, Land, Monoculture pine trees, http://oe-community.com/node/37538