15 December 2013

On Disability

All these pro-disability people are a fucking joke. They're right about one thing, it's not a good thing to mock disabled people, but they're wrong about everything else.

Why shouldn't we look for a cure for blindness or deafness or crippleness? Why should we celebrate disibility like it were a real accomplishment? It is wrong for the exact same reason as chastising disibility. In trying to combat hate or disaproval or "discrimination" or whatever they want to call it, the pro-disability crowd goes off the deep end in the other direction, becoming just as fanatical about celebrating what, in reality, is nothing to celebrate.

That's one of the biggest gripes I have, that it only makes sense to celebrate or take pride in accoplishments, not accidents. Why should I be proud of my height, or race, or the number of fingers and toes I have? I had NOTHING to do with any of that. It took ZERO effort on my part to achieve any of that. In what sense, then, should I be proud of what ammounts to chance and circumstance? If I had nothing to do with it, if I had no choice, didn't set out to do something and then did it, what does it have to do with my greatness (or lack thereof)? Nothing.

Everyone is all on the pride bandwagon. No accomplishments? Didn't succeed at anything in your entire life? Can't win worth a damn? No problem. You too can be a champion! Just pick some random aspect of your person, it doesn't really matter, and claim in a confident voice "I won the genetic lottery!" It's the ultimate self-esteem booster for losers and lazy people, like "Everyone Gets A Trophy Day".

There's accomidating disability (which is what humans do really well, as evient from all those seriously injured cro magnon skeletons that indicated they lived long lives being cared for by others), then there's treating it like it's better than ability, which it's not. Being blind does not make one better than a sighted person. People with proper hearing shouldn't ALL learn sign language, doctors should look for a cure for deafness and blindness. There's a reason we don't have "Polio Pride" or "National Measles Day," because people recognise that fatal diseases are nothing to celebrate. Unfortunately, in this hyper-sensitive society we live in, people DO celebrate non-fatal diseases*.

I think, but am not certain, the problem is a faulty association in the pro-disability people the proposition that |in society it is accepted that the word "disease" = "moral failure of the individual," or, otherwise, that the word "disease" is associated with "moral failure of the individual.| I have pointed out before, many times, that being diseased is not a moral failure. One does not need to feel ashamed to admit one is diseased. One is not immoral because one is diseased. That is true. However, I think the pro-disability people are as guilty of perpetuating this faulty association as the anti-disability people. A scab indicates that a wound is healing. If you pick the scab it will never heal. It's the same problem with race baiters, who sabotage healthy race relations just as much, if not worse, than extreme outspoken racists.

I'm never going to run a four minute mile, I'll never be able to box like Mike Tyson, or write music like Mozart, or see properly without mechanical aid. That doesn't make me immoral, that doesn't make me bad, but I'm not going to celebrate being slow, or frail, or musically disinclined, or having poor eyesight. Those are not accomplishments, and I refuse to be proud of them.

*Disease
noun
A disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.

If a body part, or mental function, or whatever, isn't working properly it is diseased.

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