In a moment of uncharacteristic honesty, Bilaam, the heathen prophet, describes himself as "the one eyed man" (Numbers 24:15). While many words could be used to describe his unsavory qualities, what was it about his one eye that captured his essence?
Life is nuanced and multi-layered. Our eye is the lens that we perceive and interpret reality. For many, life is experienced through a singular lens that distorts the image and blocks out all shades of gray. Common obstructions include ego, envy, and passion. In Ethics of our Fathers (5:22), Bilaam is diagnosed with an "evil eye" that was infected by arrogance and lust.
We were endowed with two eyes to become sensitized of different perspectives and vantage points.
It's tough to know when we truly see life for what it is. The starting point is cleaning our lens and seeing beyond ourselves.