Here is a case where I have let my face get associated with stupidity, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it…now. It wouldn’t be so bad if I couldn’t have done anything about it ever, but the thing is I had the chance to save this, and I didn’t even realize it.
A while back, these people decided to do a disability/accessibility awareness campaign. As part of the campaign, they wanted to get a bunch of people with various disabilities together, show them doing cool stuff, take pictures of them and put the pictures on a poster. Cool. Then below each person’s face, they had a blurb about them. Still cool. That is, until I read the blurbs. I read them before the posters were finalized, and didn’t notice this. In everybody’s blurb, it said, “I have xxx disability, my abilities are infinite.”
Woe papa, back the truck up. *nobody’s* abilities are infinite. The most brilliant genius’s abilities are by no means infinite. Einstein devised the theory of relativity, but talking to him, so I’ve read, was like pulling teeth. Virginia Wolfe was a brilliant author. She was also seriously depressed. We all have things we are less than perfect at and other things at which we excel. By being human, we all have limits! Saying that our abilities are infinite makes the whole campaign ridiculous. It makes people with disabilities seem like we should be suddenly superhuman. Now was that really what they were going for?
I can only pray and hope that people will look at the posters, ignore that sentence, although I find that hard to believe since it’s below everybody’s face, and move on. The last thing I wanted to do in that poster was say that I’m better than everybody else because my abilities are infinite. that is so conceited. I shouldn’t worry. That’ll probably be exactly what’ll happen. People don’t read anyway. I’m just mad at myself for not noticing it in time.