We see the light. It shows us the way. It removes darkness. It is there, we know. Yet we cannot touch it. We cannot reach it, it reaches to us. It is always at a constant pace, ever moving ahead. It has a non-physical presence. Light makes us see everything else. We see things because light falls on them and reflected back to us.
It is in abundance. We ‘see’ light and it makes everything else to be ‘seen’. Yet the light we see is a tiny portion of what is there in actuality. The rest of the light is invisible to the natural human condition. It is the limitation of our own eyes. A human limit, human limit, a physical limit. We duel in this limitation while the rest of the light is still there around us.
It is there surrounding us, inches away, centimetres away and millimetres close. Yet we are incapable of seeing it. It is only by special means, we know its existence. Had we not inspected more than what is clearly, easily, visibly seen, we would not have known. We had to inspect up to an electromagnetic level, to know of it.
Light is interesting. Visibility is interesting. Human perception is interesting. It comes with a limitation. So, out of that limited perception we had to judge. We have to judge. Without judging there is no perception. After all, perception is the resultant of a set of judgement made out of all our senses, our limited senses.
So, without the further patient, detailed repeated inspections there would not have been any ‘more’ of it. But with that revealing inspection, the revelations of it have to be perceived by our same limited human perception, to come to know of it, as the perception, perceived of it.
The writer works as Assistant Teacher at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute
Photo: Mahtab Nafis