In one of the meeting of the formators, Fr. Mariano Sedano spoke of the image of cylopes and angels in relation to perspectives in life. It made me reflect on the theme further. The one-eyed mythological figures named Cyclops are found in ancient greek liternature and they made their way into our times through X-Men comic series. Cyclops in greek mythology are one eyed monsters who mostly lived in mountain caves and whose vision is limited because of their single perspective. They are very aggressive. They stand for those who look at things from only one perspective and are very much closed to other views. Such people can be intolerant, arrogant and abusive towards people who think differently.
On the other hand, angels have eyes all over (Rev. 4.8). “The cherubim had eyes all over their bodies, including their hands, their backs, and their wings” (Ez.10.12). .As messengers of God they have the vision of reality from all perspectives. In the ancient monastic tradition monks and religious are considered angelic because they are closer to God. In Vita Consecrata Pope John Paul refers to this idea when he says,: