Prompted by “A Primer to Visual Impairment”: http://a11yproject.com/posts/understanding-visual-impairment/
Note that being into technology is not required to care about this post, even though the prompting post focuses upon web development.
The reason for this post is…
“Over 285,000,000 people suffer visual impairment, a condition that limits the visual capability of an individual to such a degree that additional support is needed. Visual impairment is the result of trauma, disease, congenital or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by medication, surgery or refractive correction. 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries and 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured by conventional means.”
The cynic in me has a field day with that 80% possible prevention or cure rate.
Clearly indirectly stated in that quote is humanity suffers from an overwhelming mental condition afflicting too many people to a point negating focusing upon improving communities. With a statistic such as that, even focusing upon self-improvement cannot be to blame here, because healthy self-improvement involves establishing value by being a contributing member for our species (including helping other species improving our lives, if not allowing us to survive — e.g. trees).
Desires to acquire and maintain power (including wealth) within a lifetime at the serious expense of society can only be described as a mental illness. People abusing power should never be praised nor feared, but pitied. They fail to understand reality’s logical need for balance (feel free to read Reality Waveform theory, which scientifically solidifies that need), so fail to understand the inevitable and agonizing price they must pay from their society-opposing power grasp (and all of the evil laughs and comforts that come with). In other words, they wrongfully believe their unbearably narrow focus solely within humanity’s scope combined with their power-abusing ability to escape punishment therein constitutes a ‘free to abuse society without consequences’ pass. They are like children laughing when the ocean recedes, and remain unaware of the looming tidal wave.
A lot of attention exists for so many afflicting conditions in the public mainstream, but where is the health community with regards to the mental illness necessary for power abuse in the private and public sectors? Scarily no where, at least to the best of my knowledge. Sure these very sick people are targeted by angry victims of that abuse, but that targeting effectively assumes people abusing power are healthy. Instead of being angry, there should be a mature push to casually remove power-abusing individuals from power (like a parent casually permanently taking a toy away from a child beating other children with it, so that child learns consequences of abuse indeed exist).
Even with good business sense, one can apply the power of goodwill to help reduce that 80%. Instead of wasting a marketing budget on expensive advertising that benefits virtually nobody (e.g. millions of dollars to perhaps increase market share by a small percentage), a business can apply that expense to at least help reduce that 80% and promote the positive result in connection with their product/service offering. Even no resulting market share increase at least still leads to societal benefit and reality’s need for balance there too (an inevitable positive reward for helping so many people).