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Gordon's D-Zone Arcive (2006-2014)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

CHANGING EYES

The world that I am now in is the same one I’ve been for the past three years. The only difference is that now I have come back to part of the world or rather regained a chance to explore the same world from another sense.

I guess that amongst the questions that I’m finding myself asking is why did this happen now… and to me. For in truth, my life as a blind wheelchair user was slowly becoming meaningful and significant. But to me. In many ways, I feel that this experience has taught me many things about myself. And about others.

I am still blind in one eye and remain a wheelchair user, so I expect that disability remains with me at least until the society that surrounds me acknowledge the value of difference. For even if there is a ‘radical’ shift in my vision (physically speaking), the barriers that I find on a daily basis still remain.

I wake up to the same world. A world that still values perfection in terms that are clinical and physiological. A world that pathologises and mythologizes people with impairments robbing them of their humanity. And I’m not just talking about our right to be regarded human beings, but the right to involve ourselves in the world around us.

The operation has offered me the chance to see again. But it’s not the complete solution to my problems. Or the problems of others. Indeed, the fact remains that my life would be better off if people did not continually have to talk about me as if I were the problem.

For we have the means to make life easier for everyone. We should be technologically advanced, shouldn’t we? But why does society strive on to seek a ‘cure’ or a short-term solution to the problem when the means to include all of us is there and available. I’m not sure about the answer to that. But I think it has much to do with our obsession with an illusion we call ‘physical perfection’.

I don’t want to live in a society that accepts me as long as I’m able to adapt or fit its structural setup. I want to live in a society that accepts me when I am much older. A society that gives a fair chance to every individual irrespective of any prejudices it might have against that person. And it’s not just a change of eyes that is required, but a change of minds…

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