Molding of Society in Saramago's Blindness Essay

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To an extent, fear can be used as a way to mold society. The fear of terrorism set out by the event of 9/11 made it a more fear-driven world with growing minds of over analytical, blind, ignorant and assumable citizens, finger-pointing at others. But Jose Saramago's Blindness shows the possibility of fear molding our society. An epidemic of a bright, white blindness affecting all people, such brightness that no one would see anything but the white brightness itself, the novel uses this metaphorically as that we choose to ignore so much of the misery that goes on around us, the awful things that are happening in front of us, the despicable aspects of life. Instead, we chose to see what we want to see. "Look here, blind man, let me …show more content…
It is a misfortune to acknowledge a government's lack of involvement in the lives of the blind. And applying it to our lives, it is more of a misfortune. The government doesn't seem to know the importance of awareness of others to see the pain and suffering through the eyes of the less fortunate and needy. This robs their vulnerability. And back to the quote, it is the quality of understanding needed, instead of power, that is most needed in such situations as this. Without understanding, everybody is blind to others' feelings and situations. In the reference of the world after 9/11, people seem to be silly about everything. Maybe it is the news media alone that causes us to have bias opinions and hard to realize the truth beyond it. Should we fear and segregate all Muslims and/or Middle Eastern people? Should we seek various forms of documents and evidence to pinpoint and mesmerize US citizens that this or that person was the one who ruined and dreadfully shape today's paranoia world? And do we need to blow that out of proportion? Or maybe not all of the above are not worth questioning because I don't know any better like nearly the rest of the world? In today's society, people are more concerned with their own little world rather than looking at the big picture; the extensive perspective of life. "Fear can cause blindness, said the girl with dark glasses.... We were already blind the moment we turned blind, fear struck us blind, fear will keep us

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