The idolatrous vision is guided by static concepts and the will to reduce the Other to a mere object in an all encompassing and closed off system. It suppresses differences and relations while desiring to consume what it sees. It repetitiously belittles both God and the world to the confines of its own limits because it is ultimately striving to rule and overtake the objects it perceives. The idolatrous vision is not curious; it lacks creativity, imagination and the ability to detect nuances. It is ruthless, violent and incapable of seeing colours and reflections. Ultimately, the idolatrous vision can only lead a people into an ever-deeper darkness because only blindness can satisfy the desire to avoid differences.

An idolatrous people is robbed and plundered, all of them are trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become a prey with no one to rescue, a spoil with no one to say, “Restore!” Who among you will give heed to this, who will attend and listen for the time to come? [Isaiah 42.22-23]

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