Sight Deprivation vs. Hearing Loss Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

Sight Deprivation vs. Hearing Loss
This paper argues that sight deprivation is more threatening than hearing loss.
# 35000 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2003 in Medical and Health (General)

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This writer argues that deprivation of hearing amounts to a severe limitation and a defect which, at the same time, can be compensated. In contrast, the writer argues that deprivation of sight involves a loss of something so integral to his self and his identity in the context of everyday that he perceives it as the deprivation of life.

From the Paper:

"The deprivation of hearing would radically affect my life, but the deprivation of sight would be intolerable. Even the thought of losing the sense of sight is threatening. Sight is a sense I have had for decades. I remember a sentence from a novel about the Holocaust that essentially stated: The most disturbing feature of human beings is the ability to get used to anything. I have often pondered that thought. One case where I am certain it does not apply is when a person suffers acquired blindness. Being blind from birth is one matter; becoming blind after many years of sight is quite another situation.
"The nature of the threat of blindness is different for me than it is for any other person. This is important because another person can argue that blindness would not be as disastrous as I might believe. Just two weeks ago, I noticed a blind individual walking along a subway platform. Although, of course, I have encountered many blind people, this particular situation made me wonder. That person seemed so vulnerable. I found it incredible that he could possibly navigate like that. Undoubtedly, he has developed various unique means for interacting with the world, just as Helen Keller became so sensitive to her environment, and in such an eloquent manner."

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