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  • In my younger days when I was innocent and true and shameless I asked my deaf sign language teacher "What is it like not to be able to hear?" "What is hearing to you?" he asked me back. "I don't know. Being able to hear things and sounds and noises, I guess". "Not to me it isn't. I hear with my eyes, and my hands and my whole body. If hearing to you is sound, you're deafer than me", he said.

    Later in life, when I was older and wiser I met a wonderful blind man. He was born blind, his wife was blind but his children weren't. One day, while we're both on the bus, I hesitantly asked him "What is it like not to be able to see?" "What is seeing to you" he asked me. "The ability to perceive things with my eyes, to appreciate colours and light and ... life" I answered more eloquently than last time I'd asked such a question. He still laughed. " I appreciate life with my hands, and my ears and my everything. I can see you right now. Do you see me?"

    I was amazed at how those people's answers coincided. And those two people were supposed to be handicapped but... weren't really. Was I?

    Recently I had a long chat with a very intelligent man. "People only see what the want to see", he was saying. "What do you see? How do you look at things?" I asked. "I try to see all angles. How do you look at things?" " I don't. For a long time I've been pretty certain I'm blind and deaf so I put background music to images I like, and give colours and flavours to sounds and ..". "Are you crazy? he said.
    Well, that's better than being blind or deaf now, isn't it?
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