I love reading what you have to day. It wasn't long at all. You are a very talented writer.
I think you are a wonderful person and I am so glad that you are on the site.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.
I mean what you have to "say" here. I got sloppy with my typing ... sorry
They almost deserve it, don't they? How many centuries have reasonable people endured their nonsense? To lie, cheat, and steal is to be normal. Ask any evangelical preacher about it.
Hi Joan, I actually think I tried so many things as a kid because my parents weren't really involved. Most of the time we were hardly supervised. So, there was no one being too protective. Unfortunately, most blind children struggle when parents are involved because most parents don't let their children develop the skills they need to survive in a sighted world. Most parents cannot understand that to them being blind is scary because they're not and have never been blind. So, they imagine blindness as a terrible thing and their blind children as a child that needs all kinds of assistance; as a result, the children spend much of their time around adults and don't learn how to properly socialize. I think I was better off because my parents didn't have it in them to be there very much.
My comments are not meant to be descriptive of each situation. There are obviously some parents who do a great job, but I'd rather give a blind child a parent who wasn't around rather than a parent who was around too much. That is, of course, if the kid has the personality to venture out and make things happen.
Jonathan, you shine a whole new light on the subject of blindness for me. On reflection, I know you are right. What a great gift you have given me, with your clarity and willingness to describe your experiences. I feel richer for knowing you.
Joan, Thanks for the kind words--they really mean a lot. After thinking about it I decided that what I have to say could be educational for some people so I chose to add a few of my thoughts to this discussion. I have much more to say, though, so you better not encourage me too much. :)
I'll encourage you Jonathan. I could read what you have to say all day. : ) I don't mind at all. You really have good insight and knowledge Jonathan that you can impart to others.
Your type of thinking will get my encouragement, even as you don't need my endorsement. You exist as an eagle flying where others don't go and cannot see.
Hey Steph! As you know, I'm more than happy to say the same about you. :)
It's part of the "there's no morality without God syndrome." I have news for them: there's no morality without reason.
Ah, if only that were true Richard. Then those of faith would have a harder time divorcing their behaviors and beliefs from morality. But plenty of other species demonstrate that which we recognize as morality, and they do it just fine without reason. This I think is a primary reason why we cannot reason with them that what they believe in is not only wrong but immoral - they simply do not feel the pull of reason upon them, yet they still feel the pull of morality. The theists are not, for the most part, pure evil. They are just like eye-less worms, struggling to find their way in the world absent the light that reason sheds.
Jedi Wanderer, And believing their eye-less, struggling, absence of reason is the only way and everyone else is doomed to eternal flames or eternal joy. Both sound pretty dreadful to me.