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.


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