Yechezkel Twelve: Shimon Peres

“Son of man, you are dwelling in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, who have ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious house (Ezekiel 12:2).” I’m thinking of this verse in the context of mindfulness. How many of us are blessed with all of the ability to see and hear, but fail to use it to notice and listen? So many of our interactions stay surface level, rather than being experiences of true listening and understanding.

There’s also something else that I’m thinking about in the context of eyes today. Last night, Shimon Peres, Israel’s former president and prime minister, and the last of the generation of the founding fathers, died. He made a direct impact on countless lives over the course of his long life and career, but in his death he made one impact unlike any of the others. He donated his corneas, meaning that although this visionary has been taken from the earth, there’s someone left behind who is literally seeing through his eyes. What does it mean to see through another person’s eyes? In this case it’s a physical reality, rather than a conceptual statement. But it makes me think of this verse, and the idea that our eyes and what we see aren’t always in sync. Regardless, in the case of Ezekiel, it’s clear that the people aren’t paying proper attention, and in the case of Peres, we can only hope that he continues to live on through his eyes, and ours.

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