I've never understood the NFB's position on descriptive video. They'd
apparently rather we blind folk distract someone from their enjoyment of a
movie or TV show in order to know what's happening than just let us slap on
a pair of headphones and cheer, laugh and/or cry along with our sighted
counterparts. Hmm, let me think, which one's more independent? Grrrrr...
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:30 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Relationships
Hi Buddy. Good to hear you on here too. I probably shouldn't refer to the NFB as a whole, when I say that some in the NFB are apt to flame those who ask for help. My brother and I were once on an email list run by our state NFB chapter. He and I mentioned that we both enjoy video description. I forget what the exact context was, but we were both immediately unsubscribed without warning by the list moderators. Also, the then president of our state NFB chapter kept on calling my brother at college and offering him scholarships. When my brother told the president thanks but no thanks, the president just kept on calling and calling. I myself have never been an NFB or an ACB member, but I have at times given thought to becoming a member of one organization. My mom and I attended a picnic a few years ago, hosted by the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of ACB. We were very warmly greeted by everyone, and I even saw an old camp buddy. I knew somebody who had a membership in both organizations. It just seems to me that the NFB, or some of it, is kind of self-centered and those members don't pay any attention to the needs of anyone else. But I suppose this is a topic for another time? Sorry if I've offended you by my post.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Buddy Brannan" <buddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, 02 November, 2005 11:30 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Relationships
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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