Eye Spy

I’ve always considered sight to be the most important of the senses, but this can be a fairly moot point as every argument put forward can be used for any of the other senses. For example, sight can help you easily recognise danger, although it can’t help you with a gas leek or that the pan is burning a hole in to your finger until you look at the point of contact.

Sight is an enabler to identify something you want at what could be recognised as a pretty superficial level. Most people with all 5 senses will make their first impressions from what they see rather than how someone speaks, what they say or how they shake hands or give a hug (or whether they haven’t had a shower for a few days). In all honesty, I believe that the senses work better together in giving you a complete idea.

 

Moo using his eyes (and nose) to work out how to get pizza.

Moo using his eyes (and nose) to work out how to get pizza.

The common phrase is that the eyes are the window to the soul. Far from this being a simple turn of phrase, scientists have suggested that there could be a closer connection between people’s eye structure and their personality because the genes responsible for the development of the iris also play a role in shaping part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which influences personality. The study itself looked at the crypts and contraction furrows of the iris and mapped them to known personality traits of their owners to find that those with densely packed crypts are warm-hearted, tender and trusting while those more contraction furrows were more neurotic, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings.

Matthew in his Gospel (at 6:22) also referenced being able to see what is happening with someone through their eyes.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light…”

While those scientists in Sweden suggested it could be possible for companies to use their results in psychoanalysis of potential employees, Matthew is probably closer to what most people think of when they hear the phrase. It’s possible to look at a photo of someone smiling at camera with their mouth, but their eyes are sad.

(It’s not always foolproof; my mother thinks that huskies can have evil eyes but, in truth, a husky is more likely to invite a burglar in to his owner’s home, make him a cup of tea and warn him about when the owner will be home than do anything untoward. I think my mum’s probably more to do with the dogs’ masks than their eyes.)

 

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I think my eye looks even more tired when on its own in a photo than what it does as part of a pair on my face! Maybe it is the telling the truth.

All this feels strange and untrue
And I won’t waste a minute without you.
My bones ache, my skin feels cold
And I’m getting so tired and so old.

The anger swells in my guts
And I won’t feel these slices and cuts.
I want so much to open your eyes
‘Cause I need you to look into mine.

Tell me that you’ll open your eyes.

Get up, get out, get away from these liars
‘Cause they don’t get your soul or your fire.
Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine
And we’ll walk from this dark room for the last time.

Every minute from this minute now,
We can do what we like, anywhere.
I want so much to open your eyes
‘Cause I need you to look into mine.

Tell me that you’ll open your eyes.

All this feels strange and untrue
And I won’t waste a minute without you.

Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol

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