Thursday, May 31, 2012

Special vs retarded

Today on Focus on the Family I heard the story of Joe and Cindi Ferrini. Their first son was born retarded. That is a terrible tragedy and we should all pray for or at least feel great sympathy for people caught up in such a situation. And it is a miracle how God can take such awful things in life and brings wonderful things out of them. Of course they also had two more children despite the high risk of that tragedy happening again. As I discussed in my first blog post doing irresponsible things because 'God will provide' isn't faith its irresponsibility, and worse it's presuming on God. In fact in the Bible in Matthew chapter 4 verse 5-7 it says this

5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ 
 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

See how Christ doesn't knowingly put himself is a bad situation presuming on God to clean up his irresponsibility?

OK enough theology (I know a lot of you don't give a fuck) let's move on to a broader cultural issue this radio show got me thinking of and that's when did 'retarded' become 'special'? Oh and by the way if you take issue with me saying retarded feel free to kiss my dick. It's a proper fucking term. It means slow. To retard something is to slow it. I am not going to stop using a proper term because it makes some people's pussies hurt. But retarded is not the same thing as special. Well I suppose it's special in that it isn't normal, but the word special has a positive connotation. Calling a retarded person special is like saying your glad they're retarded. And what kind of fucked up thing is that to say? You wouldn't you go up to someone in a wheel chair and say "I'm glad your legs don't work" would you? Of course you fucking wouldn't.

Men and women who do amazing things or have amazing gifts are special. People who spend their entire life at the mental level of a 4 year old are retarded. How fucking much have we decayed as a culture that we can't or won't tell the difference?

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