Enter Helen Keller. Although this article is focused on her rhetorical theory and not her inability to hear or see, it is quite beneficial to think about how these things have aided her in her ability to see relationships between the individual and the world more clearly. While so many people are stuck in the physical world, where words are understood as being the right words instead of merely words that are agreed upon, Keller lives in her own world that is free of these superficial constructions of reality. The article quotes Keller saying, "Very few people open fresh, fearless eyes upon the world they live in. They do not look at anything straight. They have not learned to use their eyes, except in the most rudimentary ways" (George, Page 341).
How ironic it is that someone without the ability to open their eyes is critiquing the way human beings cannot see things clearly. Keller is able to make this comment because she lives in the world of ideas, of nature, of existence devoid of manipulation. Keller wasn't taught how to be a genius by Anne Sullivan Macy, she was taught how to communicate. Could it be that living in her own world of nature allowed her to see meaning behind the world more clearly? Absolutely. Because Keller was able to remain in such a pure state, she did not succumb to materialism and was not easily fooled by persuasive speech. Because she existed in the natural and communicated with the material world, she could easily see ways in which people used the material to represent the natural, bending true meaning to their own cause or advantage.
I think we must try and exist in the natural world as much as possible. Instead of existing in the material world first, and thinking about the meaning behind things/representation second, we should reverse this order, much as it is reversed for Keller. We must see past the physical, because the physical is a superficial layer that is based off of representations and symbols. As Plato said, all truth and knowledge lies in the noumenal world. Helen Keller exists in the noumenal world, giving her a keen understanding of the relationship between man, usage of symbols, and society.