Disabilities – Practice Love

When I was in junior high and washing dishes at the local coney island restaurant. I experienced two moments related to disabilities that affected my life. First while mopping the floor a customer approached me to ask a question. The customer had a speech impediment, I tried to listen and understand but I could not. Fortunately a waitress came over and bailed me out.

The second time I had a good friend who only had one hand. One day he asked me to put in a good word for him to the manager since he wanted to work at the coney as a dishwasher. When I mentioned him to the manager, the manager gave me an angry look and said he couldn’t work at the coney. When I inquired the manager pointed at his own hand. I told the manager that he was really good at sports hoping that might change his mind. But he refused even to interview or try out my friend. I was hurt and I told my friend. I didn’t realize the hurt my friend would feel. I cared about him but I didn’t understand his situation.

Some may not want your help. That’s alright. Always respond with kindness and love.

I’ve spent these many years actively listening instead of jumping in and unsuccessfully trying to complete someone’s thought. I had to train myself to do so.

When you want to help it’s too easy to assume to know what that person needs. Relax, listen and take your time. The help you provide may be to make you feel better. So don’t get upset if you don’t get the “proper” response from the person you helped.

Do it for yourself. Do it for them. Do it for love.

Approach with Kindness.

I haven’t been as brave as I should.

Throughout history most “rights” movements have ignored people with disabilities.

When you know it’s time to do the right thing Do It. Suffer the consequences. It’s all about building integrity. We need to help those who need it. We need to help those who need it and don’t ask. Be there as support and respect their humanity.

I get a charge from helping others.

Please use the CC click at the bottom right of the video to see closed captioning. Thanks to those who posted the videos please visit their sites.

Love one another

Hand turning the word Disability into Ability with red marker isolated on white.

 

Thanks to those who posted the pictures. I ripped them from Google. My apologies for being too lazy to cut and paste your links to the images.

Links:

There are many resources available. Please check your local government websites or search the word disabilities.

https://www.hrw.org/topic/disability-rights

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/

Home

https://www.ncld.org/

Ideas

Reddit link https://www.reddit.com/r/Disabilities/

https://www.ted.com/talks?topics%5B%5D=disability

We must care for one another

Advertisements

Yes Virginia It Can Happen Here

Wannsee Conference

The Wannsee Conference (German: Wannseekonferenz) was a meeting of senior government officials of Nazi Germany and SS leaders, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942.

The purpose of the conference, called by the director of the Reich Main Security Office SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, was to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the final solution to the Jewish question, whereby most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe would be deported to Poland and murdered. Conference attendees included representatives from several government ministries, including state secretaries from the Foreign Office, the justice, interior, and state ministries, and representatives from the Schutzstaffel (SS). In the course of the meeting, Heydrich outlined how European Jews would be rounded up from west to east and sent to extermination camps in the General Government (the occupied part of Poland), where they would be killed.  Wikipedia

The Wannsee Conference (German: Die Wannseekonferenz) is a 1984 German TV movie portraying the events of the Wannsee Conference, held in Berlin in January 1942. The script is derived from the minutes of the meeting. Since no verbatim transcription of the meeting exists, the dialogue is necessarily fictionalised. The main theme of the film is the bureaucratic nature of the genocide. Wikipedia

Conspiracy (2001) Wikipedia

 

The Great Purge

The Great Purge or the Great Terror (Russian: Большо́й терро́р) was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred from 1936 to 1938. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of “saboteurs”, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions. In Russian historiography, the period of the most intense purge, 1937–1938, is called Yezhovshchina (Russian: Ежовщина; literally, “Yezhov phenomenon”, commonly translated as “times of Yezhov” or “doings of Yezhov”), after Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the Soviet secret police, NKVD. It has been estimated between 600,000 and 3 million people died at the hands of the Soviet government during the Purge. Wikipedia 

We can be incredibly cruel to each other. We don’t want it to happen again. -At least I don’t.