We need to find a way of preserving our vision because when the physical aspect of vision is limited, there’s an aspect of our deep vision that is also constricted.
Well we live in a world where most everything that is required of us is up close, sixteen/eighteen inches away. If your vision is restricted to that distance, your body makes an accommodation in order so that it doesn’t have to work so hard. That accommodation visually is called myopia, nearsightedness. It makes it possible for you to read with less effort. Of course what happens is that as you become more efficient here you become less efficient out there. So the first thing we have to recognize is we live in a world where what is required of us is biologically unacceptable. We are no designed to hold our vision at any one distance all day long. It should be continually changing. So one of the things that I’ve done in this project, this vision project, is we include a bookmark and the bookmark is something that I worked on with small children in the 70’s where I had them draw a stop sign on the top of a bookmark that said stop, just painted in red and black and it said stop, look up, look ahead, breathe, put me two pages ahead. And every time you come to that bookmark you stop, you look up, you look away, you breathe, you put me two pages ahead. Just that little reminder is an eye saver. It’s a life saver too. Just that little reminder. So there are small little things like that which I am trying to introduce into the school systems and so on because it isn’t necessary to give up and lose your acuity, your eyesight, because we’re spending so much time reading. We need to find a way of preserving our vision because when the physical aspect of vision is limited, there’s an aspect of our deep vision that is also constricted. And so it’s very important to keep changing where we’re seeing and where we’re looking and we need to be supported in doing that so schools have to have windows, skylights. Students have to be encouraged to look off, to describe what’s out there, not just what’s in here. We have to teach children through example how to be successful at life.