Sunday, February 3, 2008

Should Parents Take Out their Disabled Kids?

First I do acknowledge that the parents who do that think it is for the welfare of their child, but a close look shows rashness and a demonstration of hedonism because they do that to alleviate their burden. Let us quickly look through history and see if we could learn a thing or two.

George Washington: Had a learning disability. He could barely write and had very poor grammar skills. Yet he later led an army and even became the president of the United States.

Woodrow Wilson: U.S. President from 1913-1921. Had a learning disability -- was severely dyslexic. Learned how to read and write only when he was 12. The young girl is still just 9 years old for God’s sake.
Charles de Gaulle suffered from Marfan Syndrome.

Billy Barty suffered from dwarfism yet produced great films. Even if the child was not growing normally that is not an excuse to put that child in that condition. I guess the parents of Billy would have just frozen him. What an evil!

Charles Dickens though with epilepsy wrote great novels like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers, Hard Times, a Tale of Two Cities.

Helen Keller is described as “a deaf, blind, American, author, activist and lecturer” was born with full sight and hearing but lost both after two years. She did what many people with eyes ands ears could not and cannot do.

A child may be born by a couple but he or she does not belong to the couple. Children belong to the community that is why we say it takes a village to raise up a child. Thus making decisions of paramount importance necessitates consultation with other experts and well-wishers in the community. Hence, such a unilateral decision is a social mishap.

Science is experiencing great breakthroughs now that it would be reckless to condemn individuals to such situations. Scientifically it is a bad decision. Disabled children should be given the opportunity to function just like any other child in life.

Religiously, the decision is immoral because we all know about miracles. Miracles in most cases undo the natural disabilities and even at times the man-made disabilities. As such, the parents put themselves in the position of God to ligate the child to a destiny they alone enjoy. That shows a lack of trust in God: the maker of the little girl.

Until then, let every human being live.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

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