Thursday, January 3, 2008
A state of being a whole?
He was thrown off a train after refusing to move from the first class to a third class. They didn’t treat him like others. What became of him? He became a true leader and India’s “Father of the nation. “ His quote is still alive today. Read his quote and the only word I would like to discuss for the Deaf community.
“Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace, and renunciaion—These are the inherent qualities of a civil resister”
~Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Spiritual/Political Leader and Humanitarian (1869-1948)
You can recognize the word, unity. He wanted Hindus and Muslims to be kept in unity. Let’s look at the item of the history.
“India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan. Rioting between Hindus and Muslims followed. Gandhi had been an advocate for a united India where Hindus and Muslims lived together in peace. On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. After 5 days the opposing leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast.”
He only wanted them to be in unity and he did it. I believe that he is the most respected man in a whole wide world! Of course, it's because of the nine qualities he believed in is Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace, and renunciaion. But I want to intend on just the word, Unity I chose for my writing.
My wish is to be shared as my writing to be shown. I am not that great in writing, but I just went ahead to post it to reveal the similarity to Gandhi’s belief.
I am Deaf just as you are deaf and as she/he is hard of hearing/ late deafened, and we are on the same surface. We can be in the unity as long as we respect each other ,and will be always in the same core of DEAFNESS no matter how much one can hear or not. Being in the unity as a beauty leads to a better world or if you would call it as a Deaf community by respecting, reaching each other in any way, and educating. Reminding what’s the most important is that ASL is to keep for the generations to come and have all the deaf/Deaf children (Cochlear Implanted, Cued, SEE, Oral) to develop in ASL beautifully. They can be completed!
Join the train and we’ll go on a journey to ASL land! If you struggle with ASL, someone will be your friend and help you to make an effort with digging into ASL. It’ll be fun!