The Blinding of America Part 1

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James E. Croley III, M.D.

Author and Ophthalmologist

The Blinding of America

Everyone in America knows that smoking is bad for you. It leads to lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. You are cutting your life expectancy by several years. You know what, there is something more dangerous than smoking cigarettes and that is your vision. That is right; I said your vision. One morning I woke up, and the Holy Spirit put a thought in my mind that sin tempts you, entices you, and enters you through your vision. I thought I was a one-book author, but God had other plans. I needed to write a book about how your vision determines who you are as a person and is the primary route of sin entering your life.

The Blinding of America Cover

I wrote the book The Blinding of America with the subtitle America Needs Pure Vision Perfect Perception Ultimate Reality.

How is America losing its vision and becoming blind to the reality of life? Humankind has a history from the very beginning of time of vision getting us into trouble. It started in Genesis.

God created us in his image. We became an instant enemy of Satan. Satan immediately enticed Eve and Adam to eat from the one fruit tree God had forbidden them to eat from in the Garden of Eden. You know that Satan picked the most beautiful fruit from that tree. He probably polished the fruit to make it appear shiny and appealing, just like the wicked witch polished the apple in Sleeping Beauty. He appeared to Eve as a snake. I believe Satan appeared as a snake to stimulate Eve’s limbic system or emotional center in her brain. The fear or apprehension of seeing and talking to a snake stimulated the emotional center of her brain. Doing this diminishes the influence of her brain’s logical portion, making her more prone to making a wrong decision. Satan knew how to manipulate her visually. If he appeared as a bunny rabbit, do you think he would have gotten the same result? If you want to influence someone, the best way is through their vision and present your message in an emotionally appealing way or in a way that promotes fear. Anything that will stimulate the emotional center in the brain.

How about the story of King David? He was one of God’s favorite people in the Bible, but he let his vision cause him to sin. If one of his guards told him there was a beautiful lady who lived a couple of houses from the palace, do you think he would have left the place to see her? Probably not! But the moment he saw her bathing on the roof, he was toast! He was blinded by the vision of her bathing on the roof and made a horrible decision. The visual stimulation caused his limbic system or emotions to override the logical portion of his brain. He let his vision cause him to sin.

The vision center in the brain has a specific direct connection to the limbic system. This is designed for safety or preservation. If you see something dangerous, the vision center directly connects what you see to the brain’s limbic area. This is the location of the fight or flight response necessary for your protection. If you need to react to a dangerous circumstance, you want to have a quick response. The downside is that that direct connection also stimulates all your emotions. So, everything you look at directly stimulates your emotions. The strength of your emotions can cancel out the logical portion of your cerebral cortex. That is why you never want to make an important decision when emotional or under stress.

Job 32:8 NIV

But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

1 Corinthians 13:9-12 NLT

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only a part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.

What is pure vision? What I am calling pure vision could also be known as spiritual vision. Another way to see this (pun intended) would be to see through the eyes of Jesus. We can never obtain that, but our goal as Christians is to strive to be like Jesus. As it says in 1 Corinthians, eventually, we will obtain pure vision when the time of perfection comes. What is this referring to? This is talking about the completion of the Bible. We now have complete knowledge of everything we need to know from the perfect book, the Bible. There is no more revelation from God needed. God wants us to mature and grow spiritually. Spiritual maturity comes to those who read the Bible and believe it. Look at the book of James.

James 1:3-4 NLT

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:3-4 gives us the challenge to endure and run the race until the end. So, maybe some of us might be able to obtain close to pure or perfect vision.

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us to use scripture as our guide through life as we mature in our Christian faith.

We start believing like a child but mature as Christians through reading the Bible, studying, observing, praying, and worshiping. Our vision becomes purer, and our vision of life changes. You and I don’t see or think the way we did when we were younger. Like I said before, there is much more to vision than reading 20/20 on the wall in my office. That is where perception is so important. If you have 20/20 vision but have abysmal perception skills, you will be lost and unable to graduate towards pure vision. Pure vision and perfect perception are synergistic.

b>How is America being blinded? Society is blinded by the propaganda, lies, and misinformation shown on flat screens. National news media, Big Tech, Hollywood, radical educational system, radical organizations, Marxists, and far-left government officials constantly try to control every aspect of life. They are relentless and will do nearly anything to accomplish their goals. Americans are addicted to their flat screens. The average American spends ten to twelve hours a day watching flat screens of different types and sizes. Flat screens are addictive, and their images stimulate the same area of the brain as drugs and alcohol. The dopamine release in the brain from watching flat screens is the same as using drugs. It is a tough addiction to overcome, and the secular world knows it.

Studies have shown that as much as 90 percent of communication is visual. Your vision uses more than 50 percent of your brain function. That is how complicated your vision and perception systems are in the brain. There is much more to vision than being able to see 20/20 in my office. 20/20 vision is just the beginning. Once your eye sees something, the rest of the brain must interpret what you are seeing. This is where it gets complex. How is it possible for two people to look at the same thing but see something completely different? There is a correct observation! Which observation is correct? Who is right? When two people observe something, they both believe they are correct. That is where perception comes into play.

Helen Keller’s famous quote, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

One of the most significant factors affecting your perception is your paradigm which is unique to everyone. Your perception is under the control of your paradigm. Your paradigm comprises all your life experiences, what you have studied, your observations, and your experiences. Your paradigm is constantly being influenced by outside intervention through flat screens by Satan and the secular world. Many Bible verses talk about people being blind to reality. Here is an example.

2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

So, what is happening in the world today is precisely what is described in the Bible. The difference today is that everyone is addicted to their flat screens. There were no flat screens until a few decades ago. Now, everyone has multiple flat screens, including one they carry with them all day long. Satan is easily influencing the world today through flat screens. Just look at how society is crumbling. Satan and the secular world are in charge of what people view every day. The scary thing is that technology will keep advancing, and visual stimulation will become more addictive, not less. The amount of flat screen time will continually increase over time. What you view and observe daily determines who you are as a person and affects your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

There are no facts or absolute truths according to the radical left. President Biden has dementia and he said “We choose facts over truth.” The people on the radical left don’t believe in facts and true reality. The facts no longer matter. It is your feeling or views about a fact that matters even if it is completely opposite to the facts or truth.

Mathew 6:22-23 NLT

Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is darkness, how deep that darkness is

There are several aspects to these Bible verses. If we look at this from a biological aspect, we can live a healthy and prosperous life with good vision. You can live a fruitful life in society. You have a better chance of having a good job and living a successful life. Without vision, you can do those things, but it will be a more challenging battle. Good vision can lead to a happier life.

Your eyes or what you look at determine how you feel physically and mentally. As you look at things that negatively stimulate your limbic system, your body becomes unhealthier. Stimulating your limbic system releases all kinds of chemicals and free radicals into the brain and body tissues. The chemicals released from this stimulation lead to many of the diseases suffered by humanity. The addiction to looking at flat screens for hours a day affects you mentally. It isolates you. Everything you see posted by people appears perfect as everyone photoshops their images. You begin to feel depressed and lonely. The prevalence of mental diseases has sky-rocketed from flat-screen use. Therefore, what you spend your time watching, observing, and focusing on will eventually determine your body’s health and mental status.

Your spiritual well-being is also affected by the things you observe every day. If you read the Bible daily, attend church regularly, pray daily, and look at good and wholesome things, you will have a closer relationship with God. You will be filled with the light of Jesus Christ. If you are always watching bad things, sinful things, you will be spiritually dead.

The end of the verses is terrifying. When you look at unhealthy things, your mind and perception are filled with darkness. It is a darkness so deep that you may never recover from it. People are unaware of the darkness and predicament they are living in. They are blind and lost. They are unable to recognize reality.

So, what your eyes observe affects you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I have been talking about perception. What is perception? It is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through your senses. Intuitive understanding and insight. The quality of being aware of things through physical senses, especially sight. What is perfect perception? We take these definitions and add the ability to see or perceive spiritually. So, being a Christian and using Scripture as your guide leads you to perfect perception.

Many factors affect your perception. One of the most powerful factors in perception is context. Lukewarm water may feel hot or cold, depending on the context. If you hold your hand in ice water for a couple of minutes and put your hand in lukewarm water, it will feel hot. If you heat your hand in a heating pad for a few minutes, lukewarm water will feel cool or cold. You need to be very aware of the properties of context affecting your perception.

Emotions play a significant role in perception. A study was done where people were standing on top of a hill. The people were either standing on a skateboard or a box of the same height. The fearful people on the skateboard judged the hill to be much steeper than the people standing on a stable box.

You can see that emotions and context have a tremendous influence on your perception. Your motives, desires, and needs will significantly influence your perception. Another factor affecting your perception is the immense amount of activity in the mind which calculates trillions of pieces of information a second. Up until recently, the brain was faster than any computer. You are only aware of a small finite amount of the processes rapidly happening in your brain. You cannot be aware of all this information. You are not focused on all things around you. There are gaps in your perception. The simple fact of selectivity has vast consequences. Your paradigm fills in the gaps in your perception.

What is a paradigm? A paradigm is a set of assumptions, concepts, values, or practices that constitutes a way of viewing or receiving reality, accepted by a group or community as normal or scientifically correct. Another simpler way of thinking about this is the term bias. We all have our own biases.

Your paradigm is composed of all your experiences, the information you have studied, and all the data that has entered your mind. Your paradigm is unique to you. Your paradigm will change slowly over time. All the information you observe daily is stored inside your brain. You believe, have opinions, and think differently as your experience grows. A significant emotional event can instantly change your paradigms, such as a tragedy, accident, or loss of a family member. You look and observe the world through your paradigm. The problem is that your paradigm may keep you from seeing or observing an event correctly. Many people have been convicted of crimes who were innocent because an eyewitness was wrong.

So everything you study, observe, read, research, listen to, watch on TV, see on a computer, look at a smartphone, events in the world, and instances that happen to you in your life mold or form your paradigm. This is who you are.

A great example of paradigms, context, and perception is the story where blind men examine an elephant. Six men were born blind in a village. All the people in the village watched over them to protect them from harm or danger. The men heard stories about elephants and became curious. What was an elephant like? The villagers told them stories about how large they were, how powerful they were, and how loud their trumpet calls were. The men would argue back and forth about elephants. One would say they are powerful giants. The next man would say they are kind and gentle giants since princesses ride on their backs. The next man would argue that the elephant is very dangerous, as it can pierce through a man with a sharp horn. The next man says all of them are wrong—they are just big cows. And one of the men said that elephants do not even exist. Finally, the villagers got tired of their arguing and planned for the blind men to meet an elephant. The first blind man touched the elephant’s side. He said it was huge and smooth like a wall and must be very powerful. The second blind man touched the elephant’s trunk and said it was like a giant snake. The third blind man touched the hard-pointed tusk and said that the elephant is sharp and deadly as a spear. The fourth blind man touched one of the elephant’s legs and said it was a large cow. The fifth blind man touched one of the elephant’s ears and said it was like a giant fan or magic carpet that could fly. The sixth man touched the elephant’s tail and said it was just like a piece of rope. Paradigms or Your Human Database determine what you perceive as well as context. So, the blind men are still arguing over what an elephant is, as each has a different perception.

Just scroll through the cards until the end of the cards.

8 of Diamonds
6 of Black Diamonds
10 of Clubs
5 of Red Clubs
10 of Hearts
9 of Black Hearts
8 of Clubs
5 of Red Clubs
7 of Red Spades
7 of Spades

I could ask you to name all the cards. But let’s make it simple, how many cards did you see? When I give talks and show the cards on a PowerPoint presentation, seventy-five percent or more of the people count between six and seven cards. This may not work the same as scrolling through the cards. There were ten cards. If you are like most people, you missed counting the cards as four of the cards are the wrong color. Your brain did not count the wrong-colored cards. Your paradigm does not include a red seven of spades.

When I was young, my mother got me a subscription to Highlights Magazine. I could not wait each month as a picture in the magazine had hidden objects in a picture. I timed myself on how fast I could find all the objects. It was a great training tool for improving my perception skills.

Music Lovers Illustration

Let’s look at how important context is to your vision and perception. Your perception can be fooled or altered.

Lines are the same length

Number Illusion
Number Illusion

Now let’s look at some images to see what you see. Your paradigm and perception will affect what you perceive.

Image Illusion
Picture 1
Optical Illusion
Picture 2
Image Illusion
Picture 3

Let’s see how good your perception skills are.

Coffee Beans Illusion
Find the man’s face in the beans!
Wolf Image Illusion
How many wolves?
Find the Animal Illusion
Picture 4: Find an Animal
Find the Animal Illusion
Picture 5: Find an Animal
Find the Animal Illusion
Picture 6: Find an Animal
Find the Animal Illusion
Picture 7: Find an Animal

Picture 1 man and a woman or an elderly man with a beard

Picture 2 an elderly woman and a young woman

Picture 3 a duck or a rabbit

Picture 4 antelope

Picture 5 parrot

Picture 6 giraffe

Picture 7 cat

Picture 8 snake

As you can see your perception and view of reality can be influenced by your paradigm, context, emotions, attitudes, motives, desires, and needs. Everything you are viewing on your flat screen is designed and choreographed to influence you in the manner the originators of the information desire. You can be at their mercy. Just look at America today.

I would like to end part 1 of a review of the Blinding of America book with a prayer by Sir Francis Drake. He was a famous British Naval captain and the second person to circumnavigate the world.

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when

We are too well pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we have dreamed too little,

When we arrive safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore

Disturb us Lord, when

With the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wider seas

Where storms will show your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find stars.

We ask You to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push into the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Amen

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