Bats do not “see” like we do but they definitely know where they’re going.  They have very good ears and use a process called “echolocation” to know where they are and to guide their path.  They make sounds and listen for the sound to bounce back off of something—the echo.  The further away an object is, the longer is takes the sound to come back.  They use different pitches of sound because different pitches travel differently.  Through this process and several unique features, a bat can know not only how far an object is but also where it is, its size, and where it is moving.
 
"Even though others might not see like you do, it doesn’t mean they don’t know where they’re going." means this. Different people have different perspectives—different points of view—and different ways of doing things because people are different.  But we should be careful not to be mean and not to judge them.  They can still “know where they are going”, i.e., how to be good people and do good things.  In fact, they may know better than we do!

     -- The Godmother
About Cambodia's bats: I remember being in awe when I saw the thousands and thousands of bats emerge from the mountain. I was also bewildered by the actions of nearby villagers. They blasted music presumably to keep them away from their home (though apparently researchers have trained bats to love heavy metal). Sadly, Cambodia's bat population has decreased significantly as people use them for food.
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