Crippled Emotion



A slight change in pace for this post

When I was overseas recently, I was in a bookshop when there was a couple sitting nearby that caught my eye. I was in a third world country, where most people wouldn’t have the same privileges that I have. The woman was overweight and in a wheelchair sitting next to a man who appeared to have down syndrome. Both were dressed as if they lived on the streets. They held each other closely, clasping as if they were saying goodbye to each other for an extended period of time. They appeared on the brink of tears but you had a feeling they were happy.

So I’m sitting there, staring at these two people, who are unmindful to everyone around them, and realise they will probably never have the same level of comfort I experience on a daily basis. The struggles that they face everyday to lead a somewhat normal life in a country stricken by poverty is much more than anything anyone I know has faced. But they sit there, holding each other, experiencing a strong, deep connection. It’s a strong moment but soon you realise it all fades. Fades to black, reality hits.

But then you realise that many of the people living that lifestyle are the ones who don’t have a choice.

How many people would intentionally cripple your legs, retard yourselves, if it guaranteed something simple and joyful?

How many of you guys would move to a poverty stricken third world country where you risk your life everyday when you leave your house?

Be happy with not being happy.

Mediocrity is back in business.

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11 thoughts on “Crippled Emotion

  1. thoughtful tina says:

    I dunno what to think after reading that – its like a paradox!

  2. Matt says:

    That’s pretty deep, maybe you had an epiphany with all the privileges and fun that you are able to experience (I read your twitter seems like you have a fair bit of fun) there’s people out there that can make the most of whats given to them

  3. Rocko DeAngelo says:

    Bet the bitch in the wheelchair was a big slut during her University days!

  4. Katrix says:

    That was soothing to read

  5. Angie says:

    You really are a true romantic!

  6. Tony Moore says:

    We’re all wanting more, thats how humans operate, of course these people make the most of what they have and that’s probably what you find so interesting and desireable, despite not wanting to be them in-person.

  7. Roger says:

    hehe i think fobs would get mad here and think your descriminating against disabled people

  8. mickeymouseman says:

    great read, top post, i love your writing

  9. bman52 says:

    I loved the different tone to this post than your others

  10. Dan says:

    “How many people would intentionally cripple your legs, retard yourselves, if it guaranteed something simple and joyful?”

    You don’t have to do that. For centuries men and women have given up house an home, to become monks and hermits an all. They live very simple and ascetic lives, marked by little food and and self control and denial. And yet they are not mediocre. Many of them became the greatest artists and scientists (like Gregor Mendel) the world has ever seen.

    Maybe your attraction to a humbler existence, is a sign of a vocation in that direction…
    Or, maybe you are just meant to be mediocre…

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