I Can See Clearly Now

Back in October 2014, I posted my review of  The Underachiever’s Manifesto.  On a recent visit to that same ‘library’, I found Improve Your Vision  by  Martin Brofman.  I was intrigued.  Over the last few years, my vision has become compromised – especially nighttime driving.*  I’m 52 and have never worn glasses.  So I’m, thinking it’s about time.  But, if there was something I could do to prolong this inevitable, I’m willing to try.  Bonus – the book was way short.  Exercises and various other Appendices  made it even shorter. I was hesitant, though. Considering the nature of the ‘library’, I immediately thought it would be one of those self-help books, focusing more on  metaphorical references rather than scientific findings.  Quite frankly, I just wasn’t in the mood to read about my personality shortcomings let alone how to fix them.  Still, I flipped through the pages, saw a few diagrams then proceeded to the  circulation desk.

Dead metaphor

Within the first few pages, I realized how blatant the metaphor originally presumed was presented. Yet, I continued to read.  I guess I should’ve realized this when the ‘eye chart’ included remained attached to the inner binding.  Apparently, the previous reader had much better ‘vision’ than I.

the 25-50-25 principle

I’ve read enough self-help books to arrive at a formidable conclusion. Twenty-five percent of what is written is spot on great information that is totally applicable AND reasonably attainable. Fifty percent is food for thought, so to speak – plausible however, “I’m not sold on the idea” type – YET.  The remaining twenty-five percent is complete bullshit.

This book challenged that principle.  Hell, I can’t even break it down.  Since it was so short, I skimmed the remainder of the book.  Don’t worry, I had no intention on doing any ‘Exercises’.  And, the ‘Success Stories’ section was successfully NOT read.  I hate fucking testimonials. Or would that be … fucking hate … ? Hmm … .

Nut Graf 

I get that stress is bad.  It can compromise every bodily system functionality.  Yes, even your vision.  But, Brofman’s conclusion that stress related personality typing correlates to specific visual disturbances is borderline credible at best.

nearsightedness – self-absorbed individuals intimidated by their environment

farsightedness – those who’s attention is directed outward, yet obsessed with past failures

astigmatisms  – the Will eye wants, the Spirit eye feels and the resulting vision is … definitely seeking therapy  – #totally fucked

visual floaters –  a result of control issues

* and the author’s view on my condition – “We (society) are encouraged to believe that our natural tendency is to fall apart and grow useless as we get older.

Appendix: Questions and Answers 

Skimming this section was mandatory; for my entertainment, of course.  Trust me – I wasn’t disappointed either. Here is a sample of an actual question. Oh, and the … answer.

Can sexual habits affect your eyesight?   No, but suppressing true feelings can have adverse affects. Then Brofman wrote – “Just be who you really are , and feel what you really feel.  When you’re hot, you’re hot.  When you’re not you’re not.”  Yeah, that really was a direct quote.

Overall  Review 

I Can See Clearly Now   that this is definitely a book that needs to improve ITS vision.

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