Ways of Seeing

Eddie Ejjbair
5 min readAug 23, 2022

There are two ways of seeing; there is the penetrative gaze and there is the receptive gaze. The penetrative gaze belongs to predators; it is the seeking eye that precedes action and the evil eye that alters the receiver. The receptive gaze, however, is open with active-passivity. It draws the image in, creating a panorama. Both ways require intent. It is not something you do just by opening your eyes, and you cannot do both at the same time.

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Eddie Ejjbair

‘Gradually it’s become clear to me what every great philosophy has been: a personal confession of its author and a kind of involuntary and unconscious memoir’