To the people endowed with normal physical vision, blindness is one of the most baffling and misunderstood phenomena. Consequently, when I became totally blind at the age of 7, as a result of the combination of Ophthalmia and Cholera, I at once became the victim of an unwholesome public attitude. At the outset of the visual deprivation, however, I, myself, was not keenly aware of my differences from others and of the possible consequences of this misfortune. With the passage of time, I became more and more convinced that my blindness, instead of being a hindrance in my life, was a blessing in disguise, conceived from the standpoint of life as a whole, and not indifference to isolated and specific situations. This led me to the firm conviction that suffering is the source of many positive and durable values.