Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Morning Reflections


"It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity, and all have the same human rights." -- Pearl S. Buck
 

When I read those words in a new biography of Pearl S. Buck, I felt they would be appropriate to reflect on this Sunday after the recent bullying tragedies. Pearl's daughter was diagnosed with PKU and I will quote the author for an explanation: "she was suffering from phenylketonuria, or PKU, brain degeneration caused by inability in the newborn child to process a chemical called phenyl, a deficiency that can be treated only if detected in its early stages."  

My sister, who had a severe form of Down's syndrome and could not speak and would not look you in the eye, taught me the same thing. I always knew that in her humanity, she was my equal. And fortunately she lived in a country and an environment where she was treated without prejudice.

16 comments:

  1. Happy Sunday, Inger!
    The sad truth of everyone being equal, is that some people think they are more equal than others. Bullying has become more and more of a problem, but I wonder if it's just because of the media and we didn't know about it before?
    Beautiful picture, with the visible sun rays.
    Love Pearl S. Buck!
    Have a great day now :-)

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  2. Children can and do teach us so much. Probably why you feel so good and revitalized after spending time with them.
    Nice post Inger.
    Jim

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  3. Wonderful post, Inger! The lessons are there for us all. We just need to RECOGNIZE them!

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  4. Inger, you touch my heart again and again.
    Amy

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  5. Love this....and your pictures are beautiful!

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  6. Schools seem to be unable to put a stop the Bullying ~ I cannot remember any bulling going on when I was at school ~ but I did go to a very small Catholic School and we only had 3 classrooms ~
    We can certainly learn a lot from our children ~ and it is lovely to spend time with them ~ and I hope they can learn from us ~ Allyx

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  7. I teach special needs children and I think they are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met.

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  8. Thanks for this Inger...even we pups understand that!

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  9. texwisgirl: I'm glad you liked it.

    Sharon: I'll write about the Pearl Buck biography I'm reading soon.

    Jabacue: Thanks, Jim.

    Judy: You are so right, the lessons are everywhere.

    Amy: Thank you so much.

    Dawn: Thanks. You guys are so nice.

    Ally: It is a terrible problem and I hope that it has now been brought out into the open. Maybe it will do some good, but then, people forget so soon.

    Farmchick: I am so glad you are in that field. I loved the special needs people I met through my sister. And I loved the caregivers, mostly immigrants to Sweden from Latin America, Bosnia, Turkey, and on and on. All people who work with special needs people deserve our respect and highest regard.

    Sophie: I know you pups have the ability to smell our humanity and know that we are all equal. I think if we were more like you pups, the world would be a better place. Definitely!

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  10. On the topic of bullying, it brings back to mind a poor skinny, gangly, girl just starting Jr. High who went to get her boots out of her locker in the locker room one day. The room was filled with other kids getting coats from their own lockers. A rich and popular girl came over to the poor girl and began kicking one of her boots away from her. The poor girl crawled along the floor, trying to retrieve her boot but the rich girl kept kicking it away. The room was filled with laughter and finally the rich girl got tired and left and everyone went back to what they were doing. The poor girl tried to keep tears from falling, and swallowed hard the lump that was in her throat as she pulled her boots on and quickly ran out of the room. I'll never forget that day, and looking out of the second floor window at the rich girl as she left with her father to go home. I wiped tears from my eyes and vowed that if that was what having money, and nice things meant... I hoped I was always poor. Seeing kids bullying other kids for ANY REASON makes me very sad. Thanks, Inger for this beautiful post.

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  11. Chambray Blue: Thank you so much for this powerful comment. I was bullied as a child for being a head taller than everyone than everyone else. I wrote about it on my blog earlier this month. I don't know if you saw it. Then when I saw this statement by Pearl Buck, it really hit home and I wanted to share it.

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  12. Wonderful quote:) And, I love the cloud pic -- I swear: it looks like there's an angel in there!

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  13. I couldn't agree more with your quote above. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone would respect and accept each other's differences.

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  14. well said. i wish everyone had your heart and sentiment.

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  15. That's a powerful quote, and a powerful photo to go with it. Thanks.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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