The eyes have it

I grew up believing the my eyes possessed a strange and awesome power.  At times they seemed to emit light, rather than receiving it.  This effect was especially pronounced when I suffered headaches.  Those headaches were probably migraines, but Mom specifically forbade me to have migraines,or allergies, for that matter.

As a small child, I believed that the monsters in the dark couldn’t get me if I didn’t look at them. Thus, depriving them of the power of my eyes rendered them harmless.

After I started going to school, I used to avoid looking people in the eyes, as if their eyes might harm me or mine might harm them.  In fact, on several occasions when bullies threatened me, I simply stared at them and never said a word.  Every time I did that, they turned around and walked away.

But adults seemed to think that I was being deceptive because I didn’t look them in the eye while I was talking.

So when I read Eye in the Sky, the title intrigued me.  This 1957 novel by my husband Philip K. Dick explored both normal and aberrant psychological conditions with such insight that it remains relevant today.

Shortly after Phil’s death in 1982, the top 40 radio stations often played the song “Eye in the Sky” by The Alan Parsons Project, which was inspired by the novel.

The idea of people trapped under the lens of a microscope, looking up and seeing the eye that watched them resonated with my idea that the eyes have power.

And so, my friends, the eyes have it.