Another memorable insight from Thomas Merton by way of Louie Louie:

To look too directly at anything is to see something else because we force it to submit to the impertinence of our preconceptions.

The difference between seeing and looking. The disconnectedness of habitual viewing. Impertinence is the perfect word to describe how we can be lazy, slackish and dishonorable in our encounters with the visual world beyond our own skin.