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QuoteA friend told me that sometimes we can look right at something & not see it....
This isn't a mystery, but my personal example at looking at something and not seeing it. I left the house to drive to work one morning about 25 years ago, and the car was back a dozen feet or so from where I remembered parking it. Strange, but, okay, I know my memory isn't great. I open the driver's side door and don't get into the car - I just stand there and look at it. I can tell that something is very wrong, but for probably 15-20 seconds (maybe more) I can't figure out what the problem is. All of a sudden it is like a light bulb goes on in a dark room - someone has stolen both seats from the front of the car. It was like my brain couldn't interpret what it was seeing while I was staring right at it - total incomprehension on my part. The police wouldn't even come to take a report, as this was such a common theft at the time (San Diego in the late 1980s). They laughed when I asked about taking fingerprints. Fortunately, my insurance covered the cost, but it was a lesson in what the eye can't always "see."
I've had that exact reaction for even more obvious issues, like a smashed-in window. "Wait - the glass shouldn't be lying on the ground all around my car. Should it?"