Commutes to the airport always seem to give ample time for either long phone conversations, or thinking. This time it was thinking, and the concept of blind spots hit me from a metaphorical standpoint as the physical reality of their existence started me down this path of musing. Part of this epiphany was that blind spots exist not only in cars, however also trucks, buses along with I guess planes and trains too. The “guess” part is while I’ve been a passenger on both, have never “piloted” either to say for sure which is a perfect seg-way to discuss the creation of a “blind spot“.
As these are not things an engineer in Detroit sits there and wakes up one moment from staring into space and says to his colleagues “hey Bob, I just found a great location for that blind spot“. In fact what creates a “blind spot” in a car is the same as what creates them in ourselves as their existence comes from that of perspective. As the way we sit in the vehicle defines our perspective as while each person will share in general the same areas of blindness much as we share social “norms“. They will vary based upon our physical and perceptual positions within the car.
Wait a minute I can hear you saying already as “I get the physical part, as height especially in torso length can affect this, however perception“? While we might at first blush think this is all in our heads, I’m here to tell you, your right. However in confirming your suspicions, you also are aware that most of your world is in fact made up in your head. As why does that leaky faucet you just haven’t found the time to fix drive you nuts every night as you hear in your head that repetitive drip, drip, drip as even just reading this description most likely gives you a little annoyance and shutter (it did me as I wrote it).
We can even create them out of nothingness should our minds decide to conjure up enough of a reason to as many times we would simply rather not see something. If we imply a blind spot, then we create for ourselves a “convenience” to avoid the situation and if called on the carpet we can later say “but I didn’t see it coming“. Be it a concern of business, or personal habit regarding our consumption (of too much) alcohol, drug abuse or eating, it’s all easy to do.
As it was interesting, as while thinking about writing this post, I was standing in line at the gate to board a flight to Boston when I noticed a lady standing behind me eating potato chips, ok nothing so big about that right? However in airports I tend to stay a little extra attune to the world around me and something was funny here. Then it hit me, she was eating potato chips out off a “Boarders Books” bag you like the ones they place your purchase in. While it’s been a bit since I’ve been in the airport store (it’s a mini version), I don’t remember them selling chips and if they did, why endure the inconvenience eating them this way as the remainder of the bag was clearly empty.
Further watching also made it appear that with every stolen bite, it was just that a “stolen” affair she was having with the food and either consciously or not she was hiding it as she had created her own personal blind spot by ducking that bag of chips out of sight. So with this, the lesson is not every blind spot is made in Detroit…