What Now  

rm_RustyDreams 65M
3 posts
4/12/2005 7:20 pm

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10/25/2007 10:36 pm

What Now

labels...
Define us...
Fat,thin, happy, sad...
Tall, short, cute, ugly...

but one creates pariahs...

Disabled...

We, the disabled, are the modern day lepers...

Irregardless of our character or our hearts...

I can love passionately.. I walk, talk, laugh,
cry, need affection, give affection...

But Am shunned...
Avoided...

How did people become so cruel?


stressedlawguy99 36M
28 posts
4/13/2005 1:50 pm

I sat and thought about this for awhile...

It seems to me that people naturally migrate towards people like themselves and associate with things that their peers associate with. For example, people listen to singers with similar vocal patterns as themselves or choose music based on what there friends are listening too. I believe this is one reason (most likely not the only reason).

Another is that people are attracted to power and stereotypes play a large part in that. For example, 30% of CEO's are 6'2" and yet 6'2" people represent a vastly smaller percent of the population. People are also drawn to beauty and attractiveness. Statistically, traditionally attractive people earn more than traditionally unattractive people.

Another reason might be that it is politically correct to believe that people must over-compensate for a persons disability by treating them differently. This makes a lot of people uncomfortable because they are unsure of how to act.. so they avoid the situation if possible.

I honestly don't think it is cruelty that leads people to shun the disabled. I think part of it is our society and part of it is human instinct. I have a feeling that a society plays a large part in how people react to people who are different than us. I have a friend in Japan right now who is rather big boned and he wrote me an e-mail saying that he was introduced to an older man who immediately said "you're fat" in a rather off-handed, matter of fact fashion. He wasn't being offensive. He was just stating a fact. That wouldn't be political correct in the United States where I reside. We don't like to call attention to people's differences. Instead, we just try not to think about them. That's the difference one's culture can make on how a person thinks.


ThrilSeekingOnly 55M/48F

6/28/2005 10:29 am

Go for a makeover and go shopping....I hear it works for just about everyone these days.

Interesting comment.


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