Neil Harbisson's interesting life story in his recent TEDx lecture got me thinking. Partially because he has adopted an amazing solution, and partially because a close friend of mine shares his fate with him.
No, no, my friend is not completely colorblind but he has a certain kind of red-green color blindness which renders him incapable of appreciating certain flowery and colorful things which are freely accessible to every one else. Observation of such a handicap makes me wonder if these color blind individuals or even completely blind people are in someway experiencing a lesser life than those who are more fortunate (and probably ungrateful of their gifts)? But then, isn't experience a subjective matter? Who am I to judge anyone or anything but myself?
To resolve this matter, I summoned courage to ask my friend if he ever felt less fortunate due to his color blindness. He laughed at once, and then replied in a serious tone,
"No, not at all! In fact, I see it an positive way. I feel fortunate that I'm shielded from all that is false and rich, and I'm genetically lured towards all that is real and grey."
Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012, and this post is the part of the Idea Caravan contest hosted by Indiblogger.