Blinded in Other Places Then the Human Eye

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Our minds function in different ways, as our organs do. Each different organ, or state of mind, there are different uses, and all serve an important role. As you all might’ve noticed from my last posts, recently I have been reading the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout the book it reveals an overlying idea – the subconscious mind. Whilst reading this book, I have realized the author’s purpose in writing on this complex topic. Trying to show this message, I have made a found poem with words from the final extract in the book.

 

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In the book Blink, not only does Malcolm tell us in his own words about what he thinks about our subconscious mind, he gives us real life examples, with expert opinions. To bring in perspective, he tests many situations on plain folk, just like you. With this he conveys his purpose to influence how we think, and how we act. We can observe through his writing his extreme passion towards this topic. In one of the many tests, he brings us through a situation called reading with our eyes. Now this may be confusing to most of you, as you may not have much background knowledge; however, the explanation and example Gladwell gave was so simplistic, we could begin to understand: “I’ve been in auditions without screens… I was prejudiced. I began to listen with my eyes, and there is no way that your eyes don’t affect your judgment” (Gladwell 251). In this exert, he explains how when auditioning, most are judged on their appearances not the talent. Auditions without screens, are blind auditions. Only listening to a performance, and not having it based off of gender, appearance, etc. Listening with your eyes is an idiom describing how our eyes do all the judging, whilst our ears are just an accessory. We are always told to not judge by a book by its cover, but the fact is that we do all the time. Eyes, useful and handy, are very impactful in different situations. What makes this book influential on my life? The fact that Gladwell’s purpose is not just to make a best seller, but to inform us on the little things, maybe details we don’t notice.

 

In this found poem I used words and parts of phrases from the book, attempting to string along a message with Gladwell’s drive. I used words from different paragraphs in certain pages, and combined them, and found a nice rhythm and beat. Throughout this book, he gives hints that we need to strengthen our knowledge on our own minds. I thought using the phrases “running out of genuine mind respect”, and “permanently or momentarily mind-blind”, added emphasis on educating other about the human mind was an important idea. Gladwell’s main drive is educating the little details that help us make significant realizations. In the last few lines, I wanted to add more importance on the purpose of taking action, and enlightening others. That’s how I built up this poem.

 

In the end, we have to realize the purpose behind a book, novel, story, to determine its intentions. If the author was truly passionate, they would write a nonfiction book like Malcolm Gladwell, where he tries to teach the future. The purpose behind this book is admirable, and the book itself is magnificent.