Today I am going to do something different than what is normally posted here. Instead of posting a story, explaining a topic or telling you about my day I am going to ask you a question. This type of post is something I have had on mind for a while and I hope it can help me gain perspective.
These are a few random thoughts/encounters I’ve had over the previous few weeks and I would like your insight:
- I saw a man in wheelchair trying to open a door. He was roughly my age and he still had his leg so I just assumed they just didn’t work. My thought was I should help him but does that belittle him? Is it wrong to offer a paraplegic help even if I know I wouldn’t have offered anyone else help in that situation? I know if I constantly had people offering me assistants and feeling sorry for me I would grow annoyed. What’s your opinion?
- While studying for finals I saw a rather large woman (maybe 600+ lbs) walking around campus in a mumu. I immediately felt bad for her, I wish someone would help her lose weight. Now is that wrong? Is that body shaming? I did instantly judge her based on her looks so did I do something wrong? Is it equivalent to seeing a black woman and wishing someone would make her white? (which is not something I do, just an example) Should I not automatically assume she is unhappy because she is obese?
- I saw a young woman with a massive and very noticeable leg deformity. I stared not to make her uncomfortable but because I was curious. Was that an alright thing to do? She never saw me staring at her but if she did would it make my actions worse? Should I have just approached her with my questions or just leave her alone?
Alright these were a few things I thought about over the last few weeks. I am not writing this to embarrass anyone or put anyone on the spot, I just have questions. I did my best to handle these topics with care but if this post offended you in anyway please let me know.
Finally, these are actual questions and as such I do want answers. Please leave a comment telling me your thoughts, insights, stories or perspectives.
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