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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)
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Where's that near become far off and vice versa? I can't see right now, though who cares if it's phenomenon so natural...
Joy Frohlich
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It is the opposite of not being able to see the wood for the trees. There are people who concentrate of what is very near and others who concentrate on what is in the distance.
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Tunnel vision?
marija15.4.2015.
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:50:54 AM
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People don't see that they have to sweep up first before their own doorstep. I think this is what Sophocles ment.
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Hypermetropia?
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Word !
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you always need fresh and outside eyes
Victor Alexandre Berto Pereira
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Applause ... what's far from us is easier to deal with. I think so.
RoadRunner
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Sometime, the answer, the thing or the person that you are looking for is just next to you.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:10:13 PM

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I don't know the context, but standing alone, the statement made me think of the following, although Sophocles' statement is more general than the Biblical quote.


"King James Bible
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

It is much easier to be objective when you are not closely involved. This includes our own deficiencies.
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:46:38 PM
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Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


"Blind", or does not want to see it, or is afraid to look into it.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:15:35 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


Poor farsighted man, who's near vision is impaired by his nose, how else can he see the world if not something conveniently far off? Pray
JMV
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30:20 PM

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Can't see the trees for the forest . . . that describes me at times.
I suppose it's a matter of personal and perhaps even cultural perspective. If you are a big picture thinker, you may miss certain details along the way (and there are, of course, those who simply chose not to deal with what is squarely in front of them). More often though in modern society, as there are not many like Sophocles around these days, I think people often prefer to focus on superfulous details because it doesn't require any critical thinking (look at the popularity of Twitter). I think today we have a greater shortage of big picture thinkers.
sandeep patra
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Very true. A man is often blind to those gifts endowed upon him as a blessings of LIFE
Dinos Constantinou
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:09:08 PM

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JMV wrote:
Can't see the trees for the forest . . . that describes me at times.
I suppose it's a matter of personal and perhaps even cultural perspective. If you are a big picture thinker, you may miss certain details along the way (and there are, of course, those who simply chose not to deal with what is squarely in front of them). More often though in modern society, as there are not many like Sophocles around these days, I think people often prefer to focus on superfulous details because it doesn't require any critical thinking (look at the popularity of Twitter). I think today we have a greater shortage of big picture thinkers.


Well said JMV! A thoughtful piece of writing.
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