Re: Let’s Talk
true enough. but your 1 side of a pollygon and im 1 of the others.
but would you agree that if a person was going to be born without limbs and mentally retarded. is there any point in that person living.
or another example:
don’t take this personal but if you had a stroke and lost the ability of self awareness, would you want to continue your life? or if your child was diagnosed with a mental issue that he/she couldn’t support him/herself, and needed extreme care throughout his/her life would you want it to be born?
because i think that its not only unfair on the baby but if it was born imagine the amount of recourses needed to sustain it. in my opinion, its just cruel on everyone.
I think there is always a point to a person living. If an individual feels that their life situations are too much too cope with, then they should be the ones to make their own choices. I do not feel it is right to take away anyone else's chance at life.
With the stroke example you gave to me, I can't answer 100% knowingly seeing as I'm not in that predicament… but judging who I am as a person now.. my answer would be yes. I would still want to live. Simply because I love life and I love seeing other people love life. Would I be bitter about the situation, of course. Would I figure out a way to take what's negative and make myself a stronger person because of it? Most likely.
Also I do not have any children but if I did make the decision to bring a child into this world, I would do everything in my power to keep him/her safe even if s/he was more dependent on me throughout their life. Obviously my concern for the child would be heightened when I became of old age but hopefully I would have helped my child establish a future for him/herself and make sure there is someone else there to help them when I am no longer able to.
Also if you look at people who society deems 'disabled' 'handcapped' etc. They manage to do things I cannot even fathom. Theres a guy who played rugby in opposition to my high school team and he had one arm. Hes an amazing athlete. Another example.. theres a blind man who gets on and off the bus everyday at the same stop as me. He is able to get to and from where ever he needs be with seemingly no difficulty. Im honestly baffled at how he knows when to cross the street.. sighted people sometimes struggle with that! I saw a documentary once on a boy who was born with no arms. He taught himself to write and play the drums using his feet. Also I dont know if this name is known in the UK but Terry Fox is well known in Canada. He was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18 and was forced to have his right leg amputated 6 inches above the knee. As a result of his hardships and the hardships he saw from other patients while in the hospital he decided to do something remarkable. He trained for 18 months in preparation and then embarked on a journey to run across Canada raising money for cancer research. Unfortunately he died before he could complete what he set out to do.. but it doesnt really matter. He left behind a legacy. We now associate him with the Marathon of Hope which is celebrated annually.
Most able bodied individuals wouldnt even be bothered to do what he did. Its a true inspiration and just goes to show how much is taken for granted everyday.
I guess the bottom line to all these stories is that there are some things in life you cant control, but for the rest… life is what you make of it. You can let your illness, disability or ability define you. Or you can turn around and define it instead, live life to the fullest and inspire others to do the same.
In talking about this, I want to point out how I hate the limitations of language. Looking at the word itself; 'Disabled' .. um what? Most 'disabled' people are actually more enabled than the rest. But that's a rant on language I can save for a different time lol.