What if our first impulse was not to know or to understand, but to feel with? How might our world look then?

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Now if tears come to the eyes, if they well up in them, and if they can also veil sight, perhaps they reveal, in the course of this experience…an essence of the eye…The eye would be destined not to see, but to weep. For at the moment they veil sight, they unveil what is proper to the eye. The truth of the eyes….is to have imploration rather than vision in sight, to address prayer, love, joy, or sadness rather than a look or a gaze….The revelatory or apocalyptic blindness, the blindness that reveals the very truth of the eyes, would be the gaze veiled by tears. 

Derrida, 1993, pp. 126-127


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