Tuesday, March 21, 2006


A blogging friend of mine has recently been exploring the concept of the quality of life that a disabled person may lead. I have always been reflecting upon this, because my twin is disabled. Therefore I suppose this is an exploration of my end thoughts framed around the question that my friend posed... So, with the right care and support - with a multidisciplinary approach - can disabled people enjoy 'fullness of life'? Well first we shall have to define the lense through which i am viewing the word disabled, for if you disagree with that then of course you may disagree with what I say but can at least follow the logic! I define anyone who has a part of their body that does not function fully as disabled. thereforehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif if you cannot walk then that is the case, if you have a mental issue then you are and if you have a hearing deficiancy then you are. therefore i am, having being diagnosed with Dyspraxia a few months ago. So then what do we mean as fullness of life? This is a phrase that we often come accross within the religious world yet isn't always defined. I suppose I always imagine it as a world where we, as indiviuals, feel free and liberated to be the person we are always exploring and enhancing our character. This is usualy apparant through a system that is a counter-balance to the status quo and the one I choose is christianity. Let us be honest, with it's values of love, honesty and justice it is a far cry from capitalism and this world! But also life in all it's fullness can only be achieved by the individuals grouping together to help try and spread this infectious feeling really - for to truly get the most out of life you do indeed need others who are flexable to your way of thinking... So can disabled people really achieve this, after all by this world they are already marked out as different and are often viewed as a hastle, an extra ammount of work. Yet what about the value that person brings to others, through the differing challenges and enhancements that all the differing perspectives bring we can begin to be rounded. A disabled person can often provoke us further than we may initialy have thought, for we really look at what we are doing and also who it provides for when we have to think about access. Therefore we are all enhanced by the perspective gifts that others bring. This isn't about our fullness of life due to disabled people, but it does contribute. One of the major problems disabled people face is discrimination and sidelining and so the achievement of reaching a fullness of life is in a place where they are welcomed and apreciated for who they are beyond their disability. The disability is a society defined restricition upon their character and that then clouds other peoples' view of that person. Therefore no matter how full a life that person leads prior if theirhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif peers refine and remove them from their social activities and groups because they look at their disability as an issue rather than a thought of consideration. Therefore we are disallowing them ourselves! That said in the realms of spirituality and religious exploration ones ability or otherwise doesn't matter. Many of the stories of jesus are about a disabled person being healed, take the story of the man being lowered through the roof (Mark 2 : vv 1 - 12) . What is the most catching point of that story? At first one may say that of course it is the man being able to walk again. instead I would say the most important fact is that Jesus saw through the society placed inhibitious towards that man, saw through the disease and saw a man who was spiritualy whole. Therefore he was able to declare that his sins were forgiven, much to the chargin of the locals! therefore the walking is supplimentary. supplimentary because I would proberbly say that the walking is instead a physcological walking with his head held high because he had been valued for who he really was. Therefore, to return to original question set by another blogger, i would say that disabled people can lead life in all it's fullness and it's other people that inhibit that. That is not to say that all disabled people lead the most fulfilled and perfect life, instead it is to say that they don't have an inbuilt capability not to. It is others who place the limitations upon the quality of life that a disabled person can lead, just like anybody else. Take care Y'All John

1 comment:

  1. Great post :)
    I used to want to be healed, but now I feel so whole the way I am, that I don't really want it anymore :)