MARIANNE C. GONZALES
It is often said that ignorance breeds fear. To counter this fear, people tend to make harsh decisions such as killing the source of the fear.
In the modern world, children with special needs are not killed by birth. But they are as well for majority of us still considered them inferior and w or t hl ess.
Lot of parents cannot accept the fact that they bore a child that they considered not normal. They think that they are cursed, that someone tampered with the infant before birth and other superstitious beliefs. Such ignorance causes fear and shame to them. Rarely do they know that their fear and shame causes further damage to the child. Our attitude towards them clearly show if we are indeed ignorant or intelligent enough to accept the fact that we are ignorant.
We can counter ignorance by opening our eyes and accepting them. They have their rights. They are the same to us. We are all part of the same species. We are all created by the Supreme Being. We are all blessings.
Stop staring at them. Stop your sensible actions. Start looking at them. Then you’ll see right before your eyes, the shedding of your ignorance.
The author is Teacher III at Gregorio Ela Bautista Elementary School (Formerly Tapuac Elementary School), Barangay Tapuac, Masinloc,Zambales