I defy anyone to watch this and not to burst into tears:
It’s difficult for me to put it into words because as much as I can appreciate what I’m seeing when I watch the video, as much as I can understand the elation, I can’t know what they are experiencing. They are experiencing/feeling part of the very essence of the miracle of life and of the world they inhabit. I imagine that it would be the same for people seeing for the first time. I think we have all, at some times in our lives, been asked the awful question – what would be worse, losing your sight or your hearing? Tragically, some people lose both, or never have either, but sticking to the question, I have answered it though I completely understand the arguments put forward by people who disagree with me (and I do flip flop on the subject). I love music so being deaf and not being able to hear music, that is unimaginable for me. Moreover, hearing, I think more than sight, gives me a deeper connection to the world. I can ‘see’ via sound. G-d Forbid I should ever know if I’m right or wrong, but I just sense that I would feel more cut off from the world if I couldn’t hear than if I couldn’t see. I’m not ‘talking’ about the impracticalities of being deaf/blind, I’m on about the emotional disconnect of being deaf/blind. Of course, never being able to see your family if you are blind, that would be off-the-scale horrendous, absolute torture, but if I was deaf, never to hear the children laughing, never to hear music, never to hear the birds chirping in the morning, the leaves rustling in the wind, the waves crashing against the rocks…I think I could ‘see’ all of that if I could hear it but I couldn’t hear it simply by virtue of seeing it.
Of course, the bottom line is that we need all of our senses to fully experience life and living – sight, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. Those senses connect us fully to the world. I think that this video emphasises the importance of giving thought – regularly – to the miracle and beauty of life and the blessing bestowed on us if we can connect to and with the world with all of our senses.