(Keith is now at age of 36, he maintains perfect vision because his uncle Otis forced him to use plus lens at his early age of childhood)
----- Original Message -----
From: Otis Brown
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 1:14 PM
I think you are courageous to begin a process to help your own daughter.
Think of her first -- that is why I prepared the book.
If you can help others -- that would be great.
Here is some commentary on the issue of motivation for NEARSIGHTEDNESS PREVENTION -- very difficult for most people.
Keith realized this with my "now-or-never" speech when he was at the 20/40 level -- at age 13.
From: "Otis Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Keith W Benson" <email@example.com>
Subject: Success depends on motivation and understanding.
Date: Saturday, March 02, 2002 12:47 AM
Re: Your write-up on frustrations of attempting to help people.
Thanks for your write up on your health-training work. As
you said, it very difficult to motivate people to do anything --
even when they can directly benefit from the effort.
There are no easy answers to the question of helping people.
We all have our own internal "gyroscope" 旋轉儀 that decides what we will do.
When I considered Jacob Raphaelson's situation, I realized
that his advice would always fall on deaf ears. I also realized
that I would probably waste my time if I tried to help anyone
understand the issues involved.
But I said -- what the hell -- if I don't have the courage to
think straight, even if everyone around me tells me I am wrong --
then I do not respect myself. For me, the issue is one of
personal honor, to tell a hard truth under very difficult
But how I longed for the help that Jacob Raphaelson could
have provided -- and if only I had the intelligence and motivation to
work on his recommendation -- when my effort could have been
But how would I get that motivation at a very young age. Who would push me for the long-term visual benefit? Could I learn to push myself by strong use of plus lens??
If I knew now what had to be done -- and had the necessary
support to do it -- I might have been able to do it successfully.
It is very clear that the minus lens will
drive all eyes into nearsighedness. A lens that will make you
nearsighted in the first place can hardly be the lens that
"solves" the problem of nearsightedness.
Why can't we be clear in our minds about this simple
statement? The experimental data is very clear on that point.
If you lack the motivation to think that way, then you will
probably lack the motivation to use the plus lens properly.
I am reasonably convinced that a person who is at 20/70 (nearsightedness of -1.00D), and makes very heavy use of a plus lens, can gradually clear his distant vision to 20/40 or better -- if he
makes the attempt.
The problem is -- most people will quit after 3 or 4 days. Why? Zero motivation.
Does this disprove the concept? No, it proves that zero motivation will never solve any problems.
Thanks, Keith, for your insights. I know you "worked" the
plus lens issue -- because you could verify the results yourself,
I believe that you will have a better life because of your own
intelligence about this very difficult matter.