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?