Like so many others, I am deeply disgusted and disturbed that a human being is capable of thinking, let alone, writing and sharing thoughts that are so inhumane and evil. In case you have not heard about it, a local grandmother received an anonymous (cowardly) letter expressing anger and hate about her grandchild with autism. Yep, a CHILD with autism was described as being so abhorrent that he “should be euthanized!”
My mind is riddled with all kinds of questions as to HOW and WHY anyone could be so backward, so filled with cruelty and nastiness, not to mention arrogance and self righteousness! I am horrified, indignant and ashamed that this kind of thinking still exists.
But, at the same time, I see the beauty that emerges from the pile of garbage. The news is filled with stories of letters of support, gifts and phone calls that are coming to this family from all over the world. The grandmother involved has been supported by neighbors she never even knew. This one act of hatred has ignited a wild fire of awareness that no ‘Autism Day’ could ever achieve. The child smiles, laughs and his spirit continues to soar, never really ever understanding that his life is being celebrated by people who don’t know him. Love does prevail folks. Evil does not win.
I urge people to take their anger for the letter writer and change it into positive energy that proliferates and grows even more love for individuals with special needs. Every single one of us needs a world where love prevails over hatred. It starts with our response to evil. I DO NOT condone the actions of the writer. Not even a tiny bit. But, I believe that to meet hatred with hatred is counterproductive. It only breeds more hatred. Use this opportunity to share the magnificent gifts that our children autism are to us and to the world. Take the time to share the unique qualities of an individual with autism. Let’s let the world see the gifts we see, not the bitterness we could choose to feel.
Love is a choice.
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