Diabolical eyes that haunted Andrew Culwin had precipitated insomniac. As an intellect, he ruminated on the phenomenon of cause-and-effect, in both a scientific and a spiritual approach. Hallucination postulations lacked corroborations, but shattered relationships obtained verifications.
As a homosexual, he revoked marriage with Alice Nowell, and undertook deception to Gilbert Noyes. Lust had cocooned his heart.
Yet where did lust originate? From an empiricist tool: the eyes—a source of deceitful aspirations. Without eyesight, lust would not exist; only darkness would. Conversely, Culwin was not blind.
However, he was blind in the sense that he cannot see his own eyes. Sight and blindness, then, is contrary, but not contradictory. It is a paradox present in Culwin. His sight enables him to see the outside, but his blindness disables him to see the inside, as his eyes are invisible to his eyes.
As an eyeless creature cannot observe light, light exists nonetheless; as Culwin cannot discern his own eyes, his own universe is an illusion to himself.
Wharton feasibly agrees with Plato that the three-dimensional human reality is limited, yet countless fail to realize. The eyes symbolize the gateway into a new dimension, but one’s intuitions merely chases the shadows of what is real. Therefore, Wharton conveys that human beings, by nature, take perception for granted, dismissing the flaws within the irises that possess one’s true identity.
However, by contemplating one’s own reflection through a mirror, one will fathom out new worlds within oneself: seeing beyond the physical reality, and reaching metaphysical spirituality. Since reflections require light, and since light represents awakening, cognizance and sagacity—specifically, enlightenment—therefore, to genuinely appraise oneself, one necessitates an enlightened mind to attain the truth.
Once veracity uncovers self-delusion, one acquires the responsibility to transfigure one’s heart of hearts. This opportunity had encountered Andrew Culwin.