Comparison of theory

Comparison of theory

In the comparison of theory on racism to theory on disability, what strikes me most is the argument that we as human beings are tolerant of ‘disabled’ people, but nonetheless are scared of them, whereas we are generally less fearful of people with another skin color so to say. This is arguably because we humans can imagine to become disabled one day, it lies all in the possibility of our futures. It is a realistic fear. We can loose a leg or an arm in the ruthlessness of our traffic, we can become blind, we can become paralyzed, we can attain all sorts of diseases and we all had the flu one day, feeling terrible with it. Most of us can’t imagine to change the color of our skin one day, nor is it something we generally feel afraid of. People who look at people with disabilities often have horror in their eyes. People look frightened at the sight of a disability, and astonished sometimes. Our limited human mind, and our subconscious thinking, thinks we might become ‘that other’ one day. We feel horror emotions by the thought of it, and some of us act on that. This is of course nonsense. It is important to become aware of the limitations that our minds serve us. We need to look beyond and realize that we need to be engaged, that we have to step over our fears. Respect each other, and help where needed sometimes too. But mostly to empower each other to be able to live our lives to the fullest, whatever limitations there might be.