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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


A basic need that we share across cultures and geographical locations is our need to communicate. I've been reading an audio book by a Native American Indian Joseph Marshall III.

Native Americans have had a long oral tradition, which means that knowledge, and wisdom was passed down the generations through word of mouth. And that sets me thinking about our need to communicate something, to someone.

I cannot explain my preference for writing but this is perhaps due to the fact that I grew up with books and was simultaneously hooked on TV for a long time during my childhood (strangely as it may sound). The magic in writing was that it extended beyond myself and captured a moment of my life in time.

I have come to appreciate different means of communication. Perhaps more so now I’m aware that communication presents us with an opportunity to tell our story and to be – at least for a time – in someone else’s awareness.

And whether you communicate using:

Sign language (a symbolic, visual mode of communication I am appreciating now)

communicators (devices used to facilitate speechdue to impairment) )

Blinking or movement (these can be used to control various different devices and assist many people with severe physical impairments)

Art - visual or auditory. Anything that others can derive meaning from.

Here I am writing my experience and views on life. This is indeed my story. But with the explosion of blogging, I find myself presented with an overwhelming number of people telling their story. However, despite all the diverse views and even at times ‘junk’ content, this conflagration of words on the net represent a need to express who we are: To express our individuality, our self as autonomous of space and time. Even to achieve immortality and fame.

Interestingly, the web has enabled some disabled people to express their own stories as I discovered when following some comments. A good example of such a blog err about blogs is:

And yes, my blog gets a listing there…

And I must state that these stories are important. As through them, we learn of the people who are often misrepresented in terms of labels or stereotypes. My affinity for people who are different and are proud of their difference has been with me since I can remember. Unfortunately, our voices and images may be obscured by the way we are viewed and by the way we are judged.

I am not ashamed of the fact I am a wheelchair user. Or that I have been blind for 3 years of my life. Yet, it is still difficult for me to just go out in the world (provided access) without the knowledge that there will always be a hanging cloud over me that marks me as very different from the rest. And perhaps it’s even more difficult when it comes to reckoning with the most beautiful expression of ourselves.

Or expressing love for another person.

Not knowing. But still needing to express it in some way or another. Because, I suppose, can there be a storyteller without an audience? Can there be love, emotion, or humanity without another human being to acknowledge it?

Joseph Marshall III’s site can be found at:

Info on sign language: