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Posted by a friend on February 02, 2000 at 02:58:06:

In Reply to: Re: HARRASMENT OF THE CRIPPLED posted by Gramps on January 25, 2000 at 15:56:00:

: Thanks Beattle for pointing this offense out to us. It is a serious case of going way past the line of decency. I don't particularly care about his punishment or whether he loses his job, but what is important to me is that he and everyone realize this can not be condoned.

: I know how deflated my sails were just because a deliveryman referred to me recently as the " crippled guy". Just that simple remark caused me enough embarrassment, that I thought about early retirement from a job I can still do pretty well and enjoy....Gramps

I have been physically crippled from an accident for 31 years. I was also emotionally
crippled from it for several years, and I did not want anyone to notice I was different, so I
spent great energy to look as uncrippled as possible.
I have overcome great odds.
I now really do not mind who sees I am indeed crippled.
Why should we who battle great battles with pain and emotions feel less because we are
crippled...if that is what we are...we just are.

People that are not crippled often cannot deal with a fraction of what we deal with on a
regular basis. The way I see it, is that we have a lot more to be proud of in ourselves!
Is crippled all we are?
And does that mean we are useless?
Whatever meaning and usefulness our lives have is what matters. Crippled is a meaningless
word if we have self-respect. This comes from our own hearts, no one can provide it for us.
I am grateful if I have hurt feelings about someone else's opinions, as it lets me know that
I have gotten out of honest perspective.

Other than that, I agree the statement was thoughtless and mean.
But I am content that he must have one meaningless life to have nothing more entertaining for
himself than that. His own statement revealed who he is.
We don't need to control other's words. Let them show them up for who they are from their
own mouths.

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