Friday, May 2, 2014

Sightism

Don't get me wrong; I think what the Lion's club does is great. But check out their White Cane Day rhetoric. 

"Restoring sight, hope, hearing."


See how that fuels society's belief that sight and hope must go together, and to be without sight is to be without hope?

Not true, my friends, not true. 

Sightism: the belief that sight is good and blind is bad. 

Let's change our thinking. How about blind is different? You use different techniques to go about daily living. But quality of life isn't necessarily less. It can be if you choose to use it as an excuse, like anything. You may have to work a bit harder to accomplish tasks like finding a new destination, but maybe less hard at tasks like memorizing an entire speech or song. See? Different. But not bad, and certainly not hopeless!

2 comments:

  1. perhaps they are talking about restoring spiritual sight.

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