In regione caecorum, rex est luscus.


The title of one of my favorite songs, its history and origins:

In regione caecorum, rex est luscus.
In the realm of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Collecteana Adagiorum, 1500

[…]How an one eyed man is
Well syghted when
He is amonge blynde men?
John Skelton, Why Come Ye Nat To Courte, 1522

In the kingdome of blind men the one ey’d is king.
George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

The one-eyed person is a beauty in the country of the blind.
Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Arabic Proverbs, 1830

[…] and through his thoughts ran this old proverb, as if it were a refrain:–
‘In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King.’ […]
H.G. Wells, The Country of the Blind, 1904

In The Kingdom Of The Blind The One-Eyed Are Kings

If it were within,
within our power
beyond the reach
of slavish pride,
to no-longer
harbour grievances
behind the mask’s
opportunists facade,

we could welcome responsibility
like a long lost friend
and re-establish laughter
in the doll’s house once again.

For time has imprisoned us
in the order of our years
in the discipline of our ways
and in the passing of momentary stillness

You can see our chaos in motion
our chaos in motion
We can view our chaos in motion
view our chaos in motion…

…and the subsequent collisions of fools
well-versed in the subtle art of slavery.

Brendan Perry, The Serpent’s Egg, 1988