From: Spike Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jan 09 2002 - 22:01:38 MST
Mike Lorrey wrote:
> ...This is where a phenomenon like Stockholm Syndrome is involved: the deaf
> person is handicapped by deafness to such a degree that they derive
> their identity from that which imprisons them rather than themselves...
There was an interesting comment made by one of the hearing
impaired. She fretted: "...what if we lose deafness?" I find it
interesting she did not say: what if we *cure* deafness. What
if we lose it? They do not see deafness as a disease or a handicap,
but rather as a self-identifier.
This offers an foresight to when we start to cure aging. There
will likely be many who will object, "what if we lose aging?"
As the current cure deafness does not work for those who
have long been deaf, I would suppose the cure for aging would
not work for the already extremely aged. I suppose the last
deaf persons and the last aged persons will be lonely indeed. spike
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