All the moments of all the day, there’s not a moment that I’m not aware I’m looking at the world through plastic.

An example is my glasses. They are a part of me. I am not me without them. My inputs are different. I cannot function the same. They are not the same as having better eyes, however they are functionally a prosthetic.

Now that I’m 43, my eyes started the shrinking process and I couldn’t be happier. I can see many things without glasses now. I can use my iPhone at a further distance without glasses; if I wanted to do so at 40, I would have had to hold it about 1.5 inches from my eyes.

So, I’m biased: I welcome prosthetics, so long as one is aware that they become an indispensable part of “you” once you agree to them.

An example of one I have avoided: hearing aids. I work without them. I want sound to come in “natural”; just as it is.. just as my ears bring them in, just as the hairs in my cochlea register them. Tried it once in the 6th grade, gave up after six months as I could never NOT KNOW I wasn’t wearing a hearing aid.

And… that’s the thing about prosthetics and you raise a good point:

My glasses, although a part of “me”, nearly permanently fixed on my face, I am ALWAYS CONSCIOUS they’re there. All the moments of all the day, there’s not a moment that I’m not aware I’m looking at the world through plastic.

This might not be true for others. But the hyper-awareness has always been a part of life for me. I just ignore it as best I can, much as one ignores a headache or other pain when one must.

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