|Chapter 18 "Great Company"
Those of us who
have lost an eye are in good company. The this final chapter of his book, Mr. Brady
provides an impressive list of successful figures having a "singular view:"
Theodore Roosevelt, Moshe Dayan, Ian Smith, Morris K. Udall, Sammy Davis Jr., John Ford,
Peter Falk, Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas, John Milton, Julius Axelrod, Gugliuelmo Marconi,
Wiley Post, Pierce Holt, Elizabeth Blackwell, Hannibal, and Horratio Nelson. About Nelson,
[Neslon was] The greatest of British naval heroes, whose victory at Trafalgar occurred
more than 10 years after he lost his right eye in the battle off Corsica.
Nelson even used his blind eye to advantage in the historic Battle of Copenhagen in
1801. His superior, Sir Hyde Parker, had signaled him to halt his attack on a Danish ship
against what Parker considered very dubious odds. Nelson placed a telescope against his
blind eye, and after a careful 'look', told his aide, "I do not see the signal."
He then proceeded with the attack, which was soon to become a major chapter in Britain's
proud naval history. Thus Nelson used his handicap to turn a potential defeat into a
resounding victory.Go, and do thou likewise.(pg. 131)