It is through a glass darkly that we often see the world. It is a limiting view, colored literally by the glass in front of us.
In literature, the glass before us – at times blocking our view, at others illuminating an incomplete picture – is placed there by the author. It comes through such means as point of view or by what and when things are revealed. It is the author’s greatest tool, being able to control what information the reader has and what the reader doesn’t. And it serves a purpose. It allows a story to unfold in specific layers or a piece at a time. It gives the reader time to digest and ponder one thought at a time. It gives a story impact and value.
But in real life, things are different. There are, of course, obstacles in our path that block our sight, over which we have no control. However, there are many obstacles (or colored glass) that we place there ourselves. Have we closed off our view of others? or of others’ opinions? or even their feelings? Are we willing to change or modify our actions or opinions based on the feedback of others?
Yes, we may see through a glass darkly, but is it always necessary?
I love your post. I agree that we do “see through a glass darkly.” Your application towards literature and life are insightful. To answer your question about whether or not it being necessary, I would say that it is inevitable on this side of life, not having the Big Picture while having finite minds. Of course, I realize your question is rhetorical and meant as a challenge to change those things that we can change about ourselves; in other words, those false perceptions that are not necessary, such as, prejudices, wrong assumptions, and stereotypes. To do so, one can argue that education and communication are the keys to “clearing the glass.” But I believe that it ultimately requires love. Unlike the popular saying, I argue that Love is not blind — when it comes from God Himself. Earthly love? Unfortunately, it is just one of those tainted things that we see darkly.
John Lyle Rallios
Yes, I would agree that love is probably the best method of all.