Blindness can be visual or mental as denoted
when it is said that "Love, Hate, Fortune and
Justice" are blind. Emotions, we know, can
"blunt" our senses and induce the commission of "blunders". Fanatic enthusiasts, without a
"blink" of an eye, can blindly impose their
views and in the name of love or hate, justify
In medicine, blindness is called "Amaurosis", as
if to stress "Darkness". The same idea is in
"Mauritania", "Moor" and "Mulberry" (in Spanish
In Latin, blind is "Caecus", which points to "Cecum" and "Celiac" which are "blind" intestinal
There is no English word for "blind of one eye"
as in Spanish "Tuerto" which leads to "Tort",
"Torture" and "Contort". In Latin "Tuerto" is
"Lusculus" as described below. One common cause
of monocular vision is a deviated eye or "squint"
which is akin of one eye being "contorted" or
Lusculus or Squint
A "Mole" (In Spanish "Topo" or BORGNE in French) is a nearly blind
animal. "Topo" leads to "Topar" and "Tropiezo"
which denote "Stumble". An extension of these
ideas have to do with "Topic".
Perhaps a leap toward "topical" education is
justified since it may "blunt" or "blind" the
mind, or perhaps provide a "monocular" or
"a single view" of the Universe. "Tuerto" or
"Lusculus" for "Blind of one eye" links with
"Lusor, Lucis" for "Blunder" "Deceit" and
lack of light or lucidity thus with
"Hallucination". Perhaps the ancients already
realized that "topical" education represents a
type of mental damage or "tort".
Partial blindness and color blindness are called
"Meropia" and "Deuteropia". Mero and deutero
denote "lacking" and "partial lack", as in "Deuterium" (lacking electrons). "Meromelia"
denotes maldevelopment of limb segments.
Blind bards linked people with their myths, poetry, music and history. Western European
civilization shares ideas found in Oedipus, Plutus, Orion,
Tiresias, and Phineus. In the case
of Plutus, the dispenser of Fortunes, he was
blinded by Zeus to enhance justice. Hera blinded
Tiresias for suggesting that women enjoyed sex
more than men. Zeus granted Tiresias the gifts of
prophecy, one of the subjects in "Oedipus Rex". Homer speaks of Polyphemus, a giant cyclops
(single round eye) who was blinded by Odysseus.
In the Russian empire, roving blind Bards were
musicians, poets and oral historians. With the
advent of the USSR they disappeared soon after
Stalin called for a Bard convention. Many
historians believe that Stalin liquidated
Bards to minimize resistance to an impending
state planned famine to be imposed on Ukraine
where resistance to collectivization of land was
growing. The state planned famine claimed over
10 million victims.
Regarding "cyclopia", ancients realized that
some range plants can cause cattle to deliver
"cyclopic" litters. Such plants contain
"reproductive toxins" (veratrum) which are
"teratogenic". Humans with a single eye or "cyclops" are not only
represented by Polyphemus, a subject in the Odyssey,
but also by babies with an extra chromosome 13 or
Blindness after birth can be induced by natural
and man made poisons causing optic neuritis. A
historic example is Absinthe or Pastis, once a popular and now
an illegal drink in France. Pastis contained
flavoring oils extracted from Absinthe, a type of
wormwood. Again, poets enrich our life by linking sciences with the arts. The
botanical name of wormwood is "Artemisia" for Artemis, the goddess of
the night. A reminder that plants like sager brush (Artemisia) can dim or
obscure your optic vision and mental vision by damaging the brain.
Absinthe - Wormwood
Wormwood in Ukrainian is called
Chornobyl (Russified to Chernobyl). Chornobyl is now etched
in all idioms as a symbol of the bitter
consequences caused by a massive nuclear plant
explosion. In this instance, Plutus showered
humanity with Plutonium, a misfortune that did not
deter "blunt" and "blundering" efforts by the
nuclear power industry to make efforts to "blind"
public opinion. In any case, many continue to hold
the view that using nuclear power is the "silliest
and most dangerous way of boiling water".