Saturday, July 23, 2011
Stimulate Your Brain Saturday
My good friend and fellow mother Erika of The Flight of Our Hummingbird said this, yesterday, in a brilliant post on sociopathy and our current political/economic climate:
Anybody who is masochistic enough to read through the comments after disability-related articles is keenly aware that a frighteningly large number of our fellow humans consider people living with disability a mere fiscal burden on society. There is an apparent tendency to assign value to people based on their profitability or their financial contribution to society. I find it rather ironic, or flat-out hypocritical, that there is so much disapproval and railing against "wasting" our scarce resources on accommodations and services for people with disabilities who allegedly don't contribute to society but there is little protest against the outrageous amount of money paid out to basketball players, movie stars and unscrupulous CEO's, whose societal contributions are questionable. I wonder how someone can find it completely acceptable that a person is paid millions of dollars for being able to skillfully throw a ball, yet suggest that it would be better to euthanize people with severe disability so taxpayers wouldn't be burdened by the 8-dollar hourly wage of the caregiver providing In-home supportive services.
Read the rest HERE.