Blind People can help teach us to see better.
Blind people see in their own way but far differently from the way we see.
Many of us presume that we see like a camera. But that is hardly true nor accurate. Most people are oblivious to their huge blind spot in both eyes. Part of the reason is that we cannot see the blind spot because we are blind to it.
People tend to see (and think) in words called “rubricization” (categorical and conceptual thinking). and they often are unable to see realities. For them words: “Get in the way” and they “get stuck on words.” (This is much unlike autism where the individual sees/thinks in images rather than words.) Herein we can begin to see the pros and cons of conventional thinking and autism.
Show someone a landscape painting and the subject may start reeling and “spieling” on listing names of objects seen in the painting i.e. only the objects brought to mind by the observer's verbal stereotypes. He remarks about trees, water, cows, shadows and clouds. But he is rubricizing (categorizing) more than seeing. He comments on "trigger points,” but misses the uniqueness as to what renders a John Constable painting different a Rembrandt. If one gazes upon 10,000 landscapes, while they may all be similar in (thematic) content and trigger many of the same words, the words can never capture the matter of mood, strokes, lighting, shadows, style, genre, optimism and the memories triggered in the observer by smells and sound that he may associate with such a picture.
It seems that those who speak (sound off) when viewing such a landscape tend to be “reading” and rubricizing rather than seeing, apprehending and "taking in” the work. They may be casting and ramming image prototypes into categories rather than “taking in,” absorbing and imbibing the non-verbal cues and aspects of the medium.
It seems that animals and those with autism are better able to really participate, engage and empathize what their sees encounter, rather than parroting by reciting employing stereotypes which, in effect "destroy” the visual experience by reducing all the special qualifies of the work to mere conventional concepts and sign posts. Indeed, words often become a disservice to us that prevent and block us from really seeing. We are blinded by words that block, truncate, perturb and distill sight and thus abort and destroy the witnessing process. We chatter but we do not luxuriate, appreciate and dwell in the experience of what we see. To see something can and should be more paraphrasing it. We have the ability to see uniquely, but we speak glibly in generalities, types and kinds.