50 pairs of eyes to see with

By Amanda Hirsch, Confluence Magazine Board of Advisors member

I was 18 years old, a high school senior eager to break free from the bounds of my suburban existence, when I read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf for English class, and discovered the following sentence: "One wanted 50 pairs of eyes to see with."

How else, it strikes me now, is it possible to even begin to see the world? Remember the white-and-gold dress meme — or perhaps, you think of it as a the blue-and-black dress meme? Objectively speaking, we see the world subjectively.

It follows that anyone with curiosity should hunger to see the world through as many different pairs of eyes as possible. This is why we need independent media that takes as its mission the showcasing of diverse voices and experiences; what we see reflected on our screens becomes codified, internally, as how we see the world.

Confluence gives us the gift of more eyes, and for that, I am deeply grateful. 

Hi! My name is Amanda Hirsch. My company Mighty Forces, helps women tell their stories.