[bct] Re: Relationships

  • From: "Jamie Pauls" <jamiepauls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:11:44 -0600

I regretted writing that sentence about the NFB soon after I posted the
e-mail. Thank you for kindly stating your position without flaming me, and
please accept my apology. 

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Buddy Brannan
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:31 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Relationships

Hi y'all,

I'm a long-time on and off listener, but just subscribed to the list.  
Wow, I guess one advgantage (albeit a small one) to quoting an entire
message without trimming for context is that one can read the bulk of a
thread all at once. So it is that i got to catch up.

This whole topic of relationships, how people do things, all that has always
been kind of interesting to me. Before I dive in (well, i guess by way of
diving in), I have a couple comments on what I've read so far. First,
though, to Jamie, who wrote:
>> The NFB makes asking for help in a
>> restaurant seem like a crime. If I am misreading their philosophy, I 
>> will stand corrected

I think it's important to separate individual members of an organization
from the organization itself, sometimes. Of course, it's true that an
organization is no more nor less than its members, but that said, there are
certainly extremes, and we in the NFB certainly have our share of people who
can take a good thing to extremes. Of course we should ask for help when we
genuinely need it. By the same token, we should learn to do things for
ourselves that we can, and it's important that we strive towards
independence on par with our sighted counterparts. Does that mean we never
ask for help, or doggedly do everything ourselves at all costs and under all
circumstancces? Of course not. What it does mean is that we should challenge
ourselves to try things that we maybe think will be difficult, things that
maybe we want to do but don't think we can, or things we don't know how to
do but know that can be done. We, in other words, should strive to be more
than we currently are, and that's called growth. And all of us, blind or
sighted, should grow, else we're just dying.

But y'know what? This is long enough, so I'll write another novel on
relationships some other time.

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