We believe we must oppose marginalization by embracing marginality.
This is where “ableism” originates: “we” establish “ourselves” as “normal” – and having done so, what works (for “us”) works. Period. “Others” are not in view, because they are, by definition, “exceptions.”
Who has the right to say who I am? Do other people have the right to tell me who I am, or should I tell who I am to others?
We call ourselves the “body of Christ.” But he used his body to touch lepers who should have made him unclean, be touched by prostituted women, knowing the scandal it provoked…
While friendships and burdens remain, dreams do sometimes die. Yet they’re sometimes reborn. Entire chapters of life seem to end in a sudden aposiopesis… only to be reconfigured in a new place with new characters.
Honoring the dignity of your neighbor expresses love for him. Rightly esteeming the worth of your neighbor is justice.
When we cease to participate in the marginalizing nature of this world of ours, “disability” melts away and there is only “difference.” And in THIS body, difference is valued, because we all – every blessed one of us – have meaning, purpose, significance, value.
How we attach the label “disabled” is influenced by context. Changing the context can change reality.