I recalled my story upon reading a story from old Arabic literature.
The chief of the tribe wanted to wear a dress that was unique and had no similar one. The chief asked a known tailor to make one for him. The chief tried different designs which the chief rejected.
The chief, running out of ideas, decided to deceive the chief. He decided to elude the chief by dressing him with air. He went to the chief with his assistant. He made sure to tell the assistants of the chief that he was going to dress the king in a unique dress that only people with sharp vision could see.
The chief and his assistant then went to the chief and asked him to undress to try the new dress. The tailor started asking his assistant to move the dress to the right and left as if he were trying a real dress. The tailor then told the chief that his new dress is unique and he can show it to his assistants.
The chief walked out to hear his assistant say wow and how elegant the dress was.
The chief decided to go out in his mirage-like dress. One person shouted what a beautiful dress! The crowd followed by expressing their wonderment!
This story reminded me of my own story when studying at the university. A friend of ours who was studying in a far city came to stay with us because his plane was due to take off very early in the morning. He watched us playing cards. Discreetly, one of us turned the light off and continued playing as if we could see in total darkness. Suddenly, our poor friend believed us and started shouting I am blind.
Mass media can sell illusions. Social blindness is when most of the members of a society go blindly on believing seeing what they cannot see.
Social hypocrisy makes us see what is not there.
Beware of falling into the trap of social blindness.