The arts, literature, and other forms of communication can be inherently liberating, as it connects human beings to each other in a way which allows us to share each other’s perceptions, emotions, and experiences. In Czar Naïf’s, “Selections from Reading Elliot in Tehran,” she clarifies that literature has the ability to reform the foundations of society itself, such as the government in Tehran which repressed the rights of women.
Freedom has the power to give salvation to those who suffer from totalitarian control or any type of appalling repression. On the other hand, the author of “The Mind’s Eye: What the Blind See,” Oliver Sacks, explains how blind individuals are repressed from the world, as they are not able to perceive the world around them. However, with the abilities of imagination, these certain individuals were able to create individual worlds in their minds. These Individuals’ imagination was used to compensate for their lack of sight.
In order for us liberate ourselves, we must use our mind’s imagination from what we learn from literature, the arts, and the surrounding environments around us, so we can be the creators of our own individual worlds and think on a whole different level. People begin to perceive and think about things very differently, when they allow themselves to use the powers of Imagination. When people are faced with hardship or repressed In some sort of way, they begin to use this “Imagination” to find a way to escape oppression and their troubles.
Ideas from literature, especially that of books can become an escape for people; Naifs reveals, “Against the tyranny of time and politics, Imagine us the way we sometimes didn’t dare to Imagine ourselves: In our cost private and secret moments-?falling In love, walking down the shady streets or reading Elliot In Tehran” (250). With the literature group, Ideas of freedom started to emerge In the minds of these women. Learning about how Elliot was able to make decisions based on her beliefs, such as who she would love, gave the women In the group hope and belief, that freedom was Indeed attainable.
With the story of Elliot, the women were able to Imagine themselves In Eolith’s shoes, where they were the ones making their own decisions In their life. Although creations of Imagination are costly fabricated, sometimes on an Intense level, there are Individuals who can replicate aspects of the real world Into their minds with the use of Imagination; Oliver Sacks states, “This Imagery, moreover, enabled him to do things that might have seemed scarcely possible for a blind man. L replaced the entire roof guttering of my multi-gabled home single handed,” he wrote” (306). With visual Imagery and Imagination, this sightless Individual was able to accomplish a task so difficult, that even an Individual who possessed sight would not dare do. Imagination became a way of life these Individuals, as It helped them escape the world where they were seen as people who had a dillydally.
On the contrary, these Individuals’ minds about abstract ideas, “And it enabled him to think in way that had not been available to him before, to envisage solutions, designs, to project himself to the inside of machines and other systems” (Sacks 306-307). This imagination, gave people the ability to look past their disability and to form a new type of thinking, a thinking which had a deep sense of thought and meaning. These different varieties of imagination provide people ways to find the mean of themselves in times of great troubles.
This “imagination,” provides people with a safe haven where they have the freedom to think of ideas and thoughts that are difficult to accomplish in the “real” world. Imagination doesn’t Just give people the power to fantasize about ideas, but also gives them the ability to become creators of their own individual worlds. Imagination has the ability diffuse reality of our surroundings to create a new reality which is solely based what we want it to be.
This “new’ reality provides a sense of freedom for us, as it is our definition of an ideal world; Naifs states, “Our class was shaped within this context, in an attempt to escape the gaze of the blind censor for a few hours each week-?no matter how repressive the state became, no matter how intimated and frightened we were, like Elliot, we tried to escape and to create our own little pockets of freedom” (264). In our imaginative worlds, we try to think of way to achieve goals that we might believe are too farfetched to achieve in the real world.
In Naïf’s ass, reading books, gave her the hope that one day her and her students will have the same freedom that Elliot achieved in the book. However, as these imaginative ideas develop, these farfetched ideas begin to seem achievable, and we begin to search ways in which we can make these ideas a reality; as Naifs reveals, “we took every opportunity to flaunt our insubordination: by showing a little hair from under our scarves, insinuating a little color into the drab uniformity of our appearances, growing our nails, falling in love, and listening to forbidden music” (264).
The book lube didn’t Just create an imaginative environment where these individuals would escape to, but it helped spark ideas of revolution against the repression these individuals were facing from their regime. Even though the things these women were doing weren’t extremely radical, they at least started to build the road guide them and other like them to achieve their goal in the end, freedom. On a similar note, Oliver Sacks notes that blindness facilitates people by releasing their creativity and imagination. With this, we are to construct our ideal individual worlds, as said by
Sacks, “Imagination dissolves and transforms, unifies and creates, while drawing upon the “lower” powers of memory and association. It is such imagination, such “vision,” that we create or construct our individual worlds” (317). Imagination assists the blind by creating a visual world in their minds, which in effect, helps these individuals have a sense of freedom from their disability. These sightless people were able to release their creativity and mental selves, by creating abstract concepts in their mind which helped them realize the richness and fullness of their own individual worlds.
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