Alright, so I was in this class recently and everyone had to rate the amount of courage a bunch of situations took on a scale of something like 1 to 5. One of the situations was to the effect of: "Going to a childrens hospital and reading books to handicapped children." One twit (who has irritated me before, she's the mindless liberal kind) volunteered her opinion that, basically, it took alot of courage and it was necessary to ignore the problems the children had; to treat them as if they had no problem. Now, I came into the class late, so by the time I figured out what she was talking about the opporunity to rip her a new one was gone. But stuff like that really irks me.
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See, if you act like someone's physical or mental problem isn't there it is basically implying (and it appears to the person that you are implying) that you are forgiving or ignoring their problem because it is a bad thing of their fault, as if they are any less of a person for it. If you have a blind friend, you don't act like his blindness doesn't exist or that he's any less of a person because its disrespectful. You acknowledge that problem and you afford him the same courtesy and respect that you would give any other person.
Some people ignore a handicapped person's problems because they are afraid of it, or because if they don't they will show that they are repulsed or disgusted by it. Its a tool of the uncompassionate. Its revolting when people hide that they think less of a person with a disability, but you can still see that they do in their eyes. What does that do? Show yourself honestly, coward, and the world will judge you honestly! Isn't that what anyone should strive for? Goodness of being, rather than goodness of appearance. People like this need to be shown that it is wrong to both think that way and hide it. Frequently people want to just sweep things under the carpet and act like they aren't there. You don't do that with disabled people, and you shouldn't do it in very many situations. Are they afraid of it?
I guess it shows the most about someone when they say it takes courage to do something like that. The truly compassionate would need no courage to do such a thing. And while I'm not going to be running out to the nearest children's hospital to do something for them, I do know that it would take no courage on my part to do so. I think it says alot if someone like me is more compassionate than someone else. Take it from me, that's no small feat.
It occurred to me driving home from that class that the word courage is sort of a paradox of itself. To have courage is to overcome fear, which means that to have courage means that you must have fear, so the most couragous in one sense are not couragous at all in another.
Anyway, this thing was originally about three times as long and covered things like the gay agenda, metrosexuals, and idiots that adhere to stereotypes and the belief that other people adhere to stereotypes, but I figure that a bit too much of a stretch and I'll save that for another time.