PARALYTIC TRUTH

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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.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Gre­go­rio Ela Bautista El­e­men­tary School (For­merly Ta­puac El­e­men­tary School), Barangay Ta­puac, Masin­loc,Zam­bales

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