I have always been moved by a scene in the John Sayles movie The Brother from Another Planet in which the Brother removes his eye and hands it to the drug lord, who is comfortably distanced from the chaos of the street in his tall office building. The eyeball is filled with the scenes of pain that the interplanetary visitor has observed. In a science fiction movie it's possible to make the impulse to share one's vision explicit. It is a powerful, poetic, political rendering of the idea of giving someone your eyes.

J. Ruth Gendler, Notes on the Need for Beauty